June 17th: WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! AGAIN!
Here we go! 16 team enter...
CAV VS CHI CAVS UP 1 - 0
ORL VS CHA
ATL VS MIL ATL UP 1 - 0
BOS VS MIA BOS UP 1 - 0
LA VS OKC
DAL VS SA
PHO VS POR
DEN VS UTAH DEN UP 1 - 0
Not a lot of surprises.
Nuggets cruise against injured jazz.
Boston struggles with Miami. KG elbows q and gets ejected and should be suspended for next game.
Atlanta had a little trouble with the bucks, but losing your starting center just before the playoffs really hurts.
Portlands Roy could be back late in the series if it goes long enough or maybe the 2nd round. Again, losing your starting guard/star player right before the playoffs hurts. Team was my darkhorse. Now it's probably the Thunder in west and boston in the east. Yes, they are a distant 4th imo.
Now for the Show... Bynum is back and says he's pain free. Benches Mbenga got hit in the eye, had surgery, might be able to play game 2. Lmao. Please let that be the last injury.
Phil already started the head games by stating (along w/ others) that Durant already gets superstar treatment. He does. Durant will try to prove he deserves it and the Lakers will handle their business. Though this squad is much more questionable than last years. But if they start to gel, it will be very entertaining.
Lakers officially are not a great team... well according to this. I agree for the reg season Lakers, but playoff Lakers should be a whole another story.
I'm back for another run.
The NBA season opens and it opens with a ba... well, not much. Clippers lost their star rookie and the Show will roll them again.
We are raising our 15th CHAMPIONSHIP banner tonight!
You know the Lakers picked Ron and I don't know if it was great move, but should be enough for this run. The rest of the cast is basically the same and that was good enough to win it all last year.
Looking for back to back. Teams in the way are in this order imo.
Cavs. If Shaq is healthy for their playoff run, they will be very dangerous. Chemistry shouldn't be a problem. They could give the Lakers the most problems. The future of the NBA will hinge on how they do. Biggest free market in the history of the NBA.
Celtics have upgraded too. It all depends on how healthy the team is and how much Wallace can contribute. And thats why they are 2nd on this list. Potential is as high as the Cavs, but they won't remain healthy and we'll see about the chemistry.
Portland Trailblazers are nice on paper. Lots of questions, but man this team could be a beast. They can play with the Lakers and if they are healthy will be the only team from the west that can beat a healthy Lakers squad. I think they'll need a couple more years though.
Spurs are relevant again til an injury hits. As long they hit the playoffs healthy, they will get a chance to lose to the show.
Magic went downhill, but if Dwight keeps improving, they have a shot. He is the new Shaq and can carry a team to the championship to lose to the show again.
Fun teams to watch... Golden state could be golden again. Wizards have Agent 0 back. Clippers when their rookie gets back. New Orleans will always be fun with Paul running point. There are others will update later.