Patrick Ewing, Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice…even Larry Nance Jr. A lot of NBA greats have son namesakes making the back of their jersey their own in this game. But one who has the Glove handed down to him is really holding court.
Gary Payton II.
It sounds like a sequel. But don’t call it a sophomore slump. The freshest man is going to be here for years. Think of it as a reboot in this superhero, blockbuster age of ultra.
Gary Payton was one of the greatest guards of all-time and now he’s passing his point on to his next generation. The former Seattle Supersonics legend who won a ring with the Miami Heat and also logged time with the storied Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics during his classic career. The defensive dog could even hold down the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan.
Now that’s a Glove that fits.
But his ever rising son may just grow out of it. The 23, 6-foot-3, P.G. G.P.2 can knock on more than wood. More like glass as this Oregon State Beaver can chip, clean and swipe a dunk.
Now Oregon is for basketball lovers again as this guy is ripping it like Damian Lillard is keeping the PDX of Portland as much as a wonder as the city of roses is weird.
As vibrant as the orange this man wears Gary Payton Jr. is second to none. At sonic speeds he’s like an athletic upgrade of pops. Albeit with that defensive pedigree in his hands. He can still hound your dog like Elvis Presley. That’s what two-time Pac 12 Defensive Player Of The Year awards honour you with. Certification.
Way to hold up the family name. First and foremost.
Shaq’s son. King James’ young prince. These kids alright, they are all doing it. It’s like a court creiche out there making everyone else look like dummys.
Like father, like Glove…you have to love pop and son stories. It’s what this game was built on from the backyard one-on-ones that show whose got game and whose got good genes.
The senior from the bald domed M.J. era couldn’t be prouder of the reputation his Iverson inked son is tattooing in the NCAA right now. And with a rolodex game of 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2 and a half steals per game it won’t be long before the NBA calls.
Elfrid who? Now it wont be long before the league welcomes young Gary Payton too.
Go Cat Go! Walter McCarthy’s Evansville Ace’s Kentucky Alma Mater
Before starring in Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’ with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. Before starring in the NBA with the storied Boston Celtics. Before forging a post playing career as an R&B star. Triple-threat, triple-teamed, Robert Horry like with the clutch triple, off the bench, role playing great Walter McCarty won a National Championship with John Calipari’s U.K., University of Kentucky Wildcats, cutting down nets.
Twenty three years later with Coach Cap’s head in his hands in an indelible image, COACH Walter McCarty aced an upset in the NCAA with an epic win for his Evansville boys against his legendary Kentucky Wildcats alma mater.
Once an alumnus, always an alumni.
But last night it was tears of champagne joy he shed as the cats out their cradle cried.
All this madness…and we’re still a long way from March.
But the Evansville Aces keep marching in a purple haze with this ace in the hole.
And it all happened at the legendary Rupp Arena for these two teams first ever match-up.
When Walt continued his Celtics career post-playing days by becoming an assistant coach in Boston, he not only soaked up the experience but he also was such a cult icon in the city he had his very own ‘I Love Waltah’ t-shirts for the fans in the stands (that even this purple and gold Laker fan rocked…we go back some). But last night as he bounded into the locker room his shirt and tie where soaked in bubbly as he bounded around with his team, embraced in jubilant joy and the made dreams of some young men looking to grow in this college game.
And how about this for a coming of age?
Kentucky where looking for the perfect season with their latest NBA prospects this year for a college that sends them all to the big leagues (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and of course…our man Walt), but Evansville left their mark and their one on history.
Nobody deserves it more than McCarty and his boys.
And for all the teams to beat. This is Basketball God poetic. Walt Whitman couldn’t have wrote it better for Walt McCarty.
Ending his teams 39 game winning streak just like that, Calipari said of Walt’s men, “Walter and their team deserved to win. If we would have somehow pulled it out, it would have been, kind of wouldn’t even have been fair because they fought us the whole game and they were the tougher team.”
And as McCarty tells is, “this is the top”!
Beating the first seed U.K., we all know whose number one tonight.
For the aces.
Canadian Nate Darling 37-point explosion keeps Delaware unbeaten at 4-0
Canadian sharpshooter Nate Darling (Bedford, NS) wrapped-up an excellent opening NCAA week with a 37-point career-high explosion to help the Delaware Blue Hens win the 2019 Sunshine Slam tournament.
The Blue Hens defeat the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Road Runners 91-79 to remain unbeaten at 4-0 for the first time since 1999-2000.
Darling buried 12-of-19 field goals, including 8-of-10 triples and 5-of-6 free-throws in 40 minutes of action in the non-conference win.
“I got in the zone where the ball was constantly going in, and was just living in the moment. I’ve built confidence in myself and my teammates, and Kevin and Ryan take the pressure off me as well. UTSA started doubling me and Kevin really took over down the stretch, so kudos to him.”
The Bedford, Nova Scotia native connected on 19 first-half points and caught fire in the second-half by scoring the Blue Hens first 18 points of the half — increasing his total to 37 points with 10:28 in remaining in the game.
The 6’5″ red-shirt junior transferred from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) after two seasons and scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, plus 6 rebounds in the Blue Hens win over Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The former Nova Scotia basketball standout was equally impressive with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the win over the Southern Illinois Salukis.
Darling averaged 25.7 points per game, shot 26-of-49 (53%) from the floor and knocked down 17-of-27 (63%) triples on his way to be being named MVP of the tournament. Fellow Canadian guard Kevin Kangu (Burlington, Ont.) was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Blues will look to keep their perfect start alive when they take on the Lafayette Leopards on November 16.
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