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NBA Live 18: Kyrie Irving EAT. FOOD. Part 2 – Dribble God

August 12, 2017 Leave a comment

My first Montage video of the season for NBA Live 18. Enjoy. Like, Subscribe, more on the way. (YouTube.com/thaliveking)

#NBALive18 demo is out now on Xbox One & PS4

 

 

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NBA 2K17: You Hungry? Ft. Paul George

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

I remade NBA 2K’s Momentous trailer and put my own spin on it. Video is below, also check out my Youtube channel, like and subscribe if you like my content. Enjoy.

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NBA Live 16: Tim Duncan Appreciation Tribute #21

September 2, 2016 Leave a comment

NBA Live 2000 cover athlete has retired from the NBA, so it was only right to give him a proper NBA Live appreciation video. Tim Duncan is a Spurs Legend and first ballot NBA Hall of Famer, check the video below and relive some of the best moments of his career.

 

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FANDOM: Rooting For The Home Team Isn’t Mandatory

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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During the first round of the playoffs when the Toronto Raptors were facing off against the Indiana Pacers, most people that know I’m a Pacers would ask me, who are you rooting for? I would tell them the Pacers, with no hesitation. I knew the stakes living in the GTA, and the pressure on the Raptors to get out of the first round, but still I was rooting for my squad. One Raptors fan on YouTube went as far as saying that I am a sell out to my city because I am rooting for the Pacers, but Why? I have been rooting for the Pacers before the Raptors came into existence. I grew up a huge Reggie Miller fan, which is why I am even a Pacers fan to this day. I have also been a Pittsburgh Penguins fan since my childhood also, even though growing up I watched more Maple Leafs than Penguins. Mario Lemieux is also my favorite player of all time, so there’s that. Being a fan of a team in my opinion consists of three things, the team’s reputation, history of winning and if you’re born into the fandom; which a lot of Maple Leafs fans are. While the Pacers have been consistently competitive over the years, but never won an NBA championship, they have made the conference finals plenty of times, while the Penguins just won their 4th Stanley Cup this season. What has any of the Toronto major sports teams done to make me switch to being a “true” Toronto sports fan? It all began with the management during a poor stretch where the teams had no direction, no pulse for winning and was just in it to make money. There was a lot to not like about the way Toronto teams used to operate, and living in Toronto witnessing it first hand, it was never worth the stress to dive deep in Toronto sports fandom, even when I wanted them to turn it around.

Toronto teams recently got new ownership in Rogers and Bell, and now the focus has turned to winning. Since they took over, the city’s teams have been competitive and even making the playoffs, when the Maple Leafs made the playoffs it showed the city’s true potential when you put winning teams out there. I am happy for the turnaround, I root for the teams and go to the games, but I will not root for them when my true teams are facing them, but why? I have come to the conclusion that my love for the Pacers and Penguins have nothing to do with the cities they reside in. I have never been to Pittsburgh, and I have never set foot in Indiana but I love their teams, they have my loyalty. I look at it as brand loyalty in a lot of ways because to me sports is entertainment, it’s a business as well. The best thing about living in a major city like Toronto is that you have access to Major League Sports, and you have options to purchase tickets to be entertained by them whether it’s the NBA or NHL, not a lot of cities can say that. To me its more about accessibility if you can afford to go to the games. It’s better and cheaper than traveling abroad and paying a lot more money to see your team play.

You have to look at it at that perspective, that’s my perspective anyways. If the Raptors win the NBA Championship or the Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup, regardless of what happened during the playoff, I will be there to be apart of the celebration. Anytime you can witness your own city celebrate a Major League Championship you do it. There’s people in Toronto that hate Toronto teams with a passion, I am not one of those people, I actually want to see them succeed and do good, because it’s healthy to win. Every fan that roots for outside teams always has the options to root for the home team if they choose too, and the owners who own these teams can always try to gain new fans, it’s all a choice, but at the end of the day, loyalty always wins, wherever your heart is, that’s where you’ll go.

NBA All Star Toronto – Paul George, Bun B & Rising Star Challenge

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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Had a chance to attend the BBVA Rising Star Challenge at the Air Canada Centre, and it felt great to scratch an All Star event off my bucket list. I really want to attend ASW in Charlotte next year now, who knows, maybe you’ll see me there. Check the photos and video below

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-TLK

Golden State Warriors Are A Living Organism

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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I know it’s early in the season, but the Warriors are really showing no case of the championship hangover and I’m very excited about it. There could be many factors that could be motivating them, like the little off-season jabs coming from the Rockets and the Clippers, the doubters saying that they didn’t play anybody in the playoffs, Steph Curry has it easy because all guards in the West were injured. Nobody is really giving them credit for their success, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart for putting that FIRE in them because the best is yet to come from these guys. The best thing about this team is that they dictate their style of play and they do not compromise it, they just keep coming at you leaving you with more questions than answers. Also, they have the reigning MVP, Stephen Curry who is playing All-Team God status right now and we’re only 4 games into the season. Fans all over the world are calling Steph the best player in the league right now, sorry LeBron. The way the Warriors are playing is like a living organism, Steph is the brain, and his teammates are the body. Everything they do is in sync and when you think you’ve figured out how to stop them, Steph Curry the evolving brain does something out of this world to make opponents shake their heads. They remind me of the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns, but A LOT more deadlier because of their commitment to defense. So when you think you’ve planted a virus, the Warriors just figure out a cure, evolve, and come back with a vengeance to make sure it doesn’t happen again. They are a living organism that adapts on the fly, and that is scary for the rest of the NBA. As a fan of NBA basketball you MUST NOT, and I mean MUST NOT take this team for granted this year. They are a special group and a rare breed that only comes along once every generation. If your team happens to play them, you will have to appreciate the spectacle of what might be done to your team, because they are that great, and you wish your team was that great. It’s rare for finesse teams to be tough also, but they are both, so appreciate what we have this year in the NBA with these Warriors, and enjoy it until the playoffs arrive, because that’s when the War is On!

What type of organism would you describe the Golden State Warriors as?

 

-TLK

 

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NBA Addiction: League Pass Chronicles

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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Watching basketball, mainly NBA basketball has become a tradition in my personal life over the last 9 years, how did that come about? Well before my deep dive into NBA basketball I used to be a huge NHL fan. Growing up in Toronto, hockey (Maple Leafs) was the priority over every other sport, so I always had to tune in to watch. I grew up a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and Mario Lemieux was my favorite athlete growing up next to Reggie Miller, but Maple Leafs hockey was the most accessible sport to watch in Toronto at the time, so I watched them. When the NHL locked out I had to find an alternative sport to watch, and basketball at the time was my second love, so I tuned in. I was more of a casual fan enjoying the games, and watched any team that was on TV. I really wanted to watch the Indiana Pacers, because at the time, they were one the hottest team in the league, they were my favorite team and I wanted to root for them on a daily basis, something I never had the chance to do. Once the NBA introduced League Pass, I decided to give it a try. It was also cheap in terms of pricing compared to the U.S. pricing so it was a low risk. I loved the fact that I could pick and choose what games I wanted to watch and hop between games, since then I’ve purchased League Pass every year. It just became an obsession after that because a lot of the games were good, and entertaining.

For a while I had put my life schedule to work around the games. I’d get home from work around 5pm so it gave me a 2 hour window to do whatever it was I had to do, because tip off time was usually 7pm. I really didn’t care who was playing, just wanted to watch basketball, the Pacers usually started at 7:30 or 8pm, but hey, basketball is basketball, and I had to watch. Also with the addition of twitter during games also made the games much more fun to watch, because of the no-holds barred tweets I would read, and the reaction of every big play of the game. The entertainment factor was better than watching any prime time television show. You also didn’t need to check sports news because everything was down the time line already.

Watching the NBA just became an addiction, I would blow friends off just to watch the Pacers vs Bulls on a Saturday night, and living in Canada, that game wouldn’t be shown in any sports bar. I used to go home for lunch at half time during the ABC mid-day games and just watch the whole second half before going back to work. It just became second nature to consume these games, If Cleveland was playing Boston, I had to see the game, I wasn’t trying to DVR anything, it was see it live, or don’t watch it at all.

Here I am, in 2015, still loving NBA basketball, still loving to trash talk with fans on twitter, still loving to pay to watch teams come into the Air Canada Centre and take on the Raptors. I even took a trip last year to Las Vegas for Summer League to experience what it’s like to be around real basketball fans. It has become a real hobby for me. It keeps me busy and sometimes too busy I’ve considered it an addiction. I’m really honest enough with myself to know that I have this problem I love so much. I now realize there has to be some type of balance in my life. It has slowed down other parts of my life too. I was kind of begging for the Warriors to sweep the Cavaliers so I can finally not watch basketball.

The personal problem is realized, the season is over and it is now time to focus on other parts of my life. I am such a multi-talented person, and it’s really not good for me to put myself in any type of box. I told myself a long time ago that I will try not to become addicted to anything, usually meaning cigarettes or some other type of drug, never thought I would be addicted to a sport, but I am.

I think from this day on, or maybe the summer at least, I will figure out some type of balance. Life is full of possibilities, you just have to let your brain work first, and having an addiction prevents it from doing its job, so I plan on figuring this thing out, so I can enjoy a dose of basketball and life at the same time.

So here’s to toning down my addiction for next season, Cheers!!!

Thanks for Reading!!!

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