Lakers star Russell Westbrook can’t get over the fact he is finally able to play for his hometown team, admits it still “hasn’t hit him yet”
When Russell Westbrook entered the NBA back in 2008, he was just happy to accomplish his dream of making the league. Of course the Los Angeles native had grown up idolizing the Los Angeles Lakers from his hometown of Long Beach, California, and had secretly hoped he would be able to play for them but wasn’t exactly getting his hopes up about it.
Instead he carved out an extremely successful career with the Oklahoma City Thunder, making eight NBA All-Star Games, two All-NBA first teams, winning the NBA MVP Award (2017), and becoming a two-time NBA scoring champion/two-time NBA assists leader during his 11 seasons with the franchise. He has bounced around the league since then. First being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2019, and then the Washington Wizards in 2020.
He is now on his third team in three seasons but this team feels different. He gets to play for his hometown team. Something he never dreamed would ever come to fruition earlier in his career.
“Being from L.A., you always wish that you can play for your home team and be able to do that…But that’s definitely something that always kind of circled around in my mind. And maybe one day. But I would always come back and be like, ‘Ahh, that probably won’t happen.” said Westbrook during his introductory Lakers’ news conference at Staples Center.
“I think it still hasn’t hit me yet, being from L.A., growing up not too far from here and being able to watch the parades — try to go to them, try to miss school to try to go to them. Being a Laker fan and being from L.A., but now everything coming full circle for me.”
He finds himself back with a championship contender once again, joining the likes of fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and former All-Star turned role player Carmelo Anthony. The team will probably be among the oldest in the league but they are banking on talent and experience to take them all the way in 2021/22.
Jimmy Butler has chance to send Heat to Finals, can’t deliver after clanking wide open three off front of rim
The Miami Heat were so close to competing the comeback and heading off the NBA Finals.
They were down by two and had possession with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of managing the clock and waiting as long as possible to get a shot off, Butler tried to take advantage of having a wide open shot and fired off a transition three with no defenders around him with still 17 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Heat, Butler simply didn’t get enough lift into the shot and clanked it off the front of the rim.
By the end of it all, Celtics won by four and find themselves off to the next round while the Heat are forced to reminisce over what went wrong.
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Raptors forward Pascal Siakam selected to All-NBA third team
Pascal Siakam accomplished something that not a lot of players that failed to make the All-Star team can do.
The Toronto Raptors forward was officially selected to the 2022 edition of the All-NBA third team after receiving 42 third-team votes and seven second-team votes.
The 28-year old played exceptional on both ends of the floor, and bounced back after a rough pandemic-shortened campaign in Tampa Bay. He averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 68 games in 2021/22.
Siakam is just the third player in franchise history to receive the honour (Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan). It marks the second time in his career he was selected to an All-NBA team. He was previously selected to an All-NBA second team after an impressive All-Star season in 2019/2020.
Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer
J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.
The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.
The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.