Title: Brady Heslip, NBA reinforcements secure Crown League championship
Date: July 23, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Nike Crown League championship and Brady Heslip’s dominance over the Toronto summer basketball scene.
As M.A.D.E. head coach Nathaniel Mitchell called a timeout in an attempt to stop the 1 Love T.O. rally, Dillon Brooks was fired up. Making an appearance for the Crown League championship on the 1 Love T.O. side, Brooks had just hit a three and was talking a fair amount of trash on his way back to the bench.
“Dillon! The young guy giving it to the old head,” Akil Augustine shouted into the house microphone at Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall, which was sold out for Friday’s final.
Augustine is Crown League’s in-house commentator, calling the action live over beats provided by a house DJ. It can be a lot, but Augustine’s personality and energy — the defining characteristics of a successful career as a pillar of the Toronto basketball scene — allow him to make it through two, sometimes three games without running out of things to say. He occasionally needs to liven things up, and in this case, that had meant giving Brooks and teammate Brady Heslip, a regular target of Augustine’s live ramblings, the raw end of his commentary.
As Augustine laughed at Brooks’ alleged trash-talk to the M.A.D.E. side, Brooks looked back from the bench to the far baseline where Augustine was seated.
“At you!” Brooks yelled back.