It seems like just yesterday Lebron finally brought a title to Cleveland and here we are at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season!!!
I have to admit this year has a buzz unlike many in recent memory. Everyone and their Mama is talking about KD joining Golden State creating the “Super Team” and they have gone from NBA darlings to the villians. Though they have 4 all stars it may take time to create the chemistry needed to become champs.
While many think it’s a cakewalk for the Warriors, others believe the aforementioned Cavs who return all their core players are lined up to breeze through the east to a third consecutive match up with Steph Curry’s squad for the NBA Finals Trophy. Fans everywhere would love to see that.
One team that has been awful the past two years that have playoff aspirations is the NY Knicks. Off-season moves include Free Agent signings of Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee while also trading for Derrick Rose on paper giving them a crew to contend with. I’m sure no one is happier than Melo.
My favorite story line is what will Russell Westbrook do w/o Durant. Many predict this team will be lucky to make the playoffs and I would say anything better than an 7th seed would surprise me considering how tough the Western Conf. is. However, I am anxious to see if Westbrook can average a triple double for a season and win MVP. I think he is going to be a man possessed this season. Watch out NBA.
After a storied career in Miami, D. Wade the Chicago native returns home to play for the Bulls joining Rajon Rando who replaces Rose at the Point joining Jimmy Butler for an intriguing Big 3. This could be a boom or bust scenario.
With Duncan aka “The Big Fundamental” retired can Leonard distinguish himself as the new leader and front man taking the torch? Spurs are the team to never count out this we have learned…
Another legend joining Duncan in the hall of fame in 5 years, Kobe also retired leaving the Lake show in decent hands actually. Rookie; Ingram joins Randle and Nance on the front line with Russell and Clarkson in the back-court giving hopes of a return to showtime in the near future.
Rookie Ben Simmons had us ultra excited from his summer league play but an injury will keep him out until around the mid season and keep Philly in contention for worse record this year along with the Brooklyn Nets.
Can’t wait for this season to kick off…