It’s here. It’s finally here. The NBA is back and I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl can be if that schoolgirl was a 26 year old dude.
Tonight is basically prom night. Which means there are ridiculously high expectations that can only fall flat. Let’s dive in, shall we?
1) A Vast Majority Of Casual Fans Will Have No Idea That The Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers Are Playing Tonight
That’s what basketball bloggers are for, right? To let you know the things that, frankly, you didn’t want to know. They’re playing at 7pm, FYI. I’m not expecting a barn burner, but it should provide some good insight into the future of the league. Did Paul “Oh Snap, Everyone Is Convinced I Made The Leap” George make the leap? Will Victor Oladipo play like he should have been the number one overall pick? Even though you won’t, tune in to find out.
2) New Faces
You may be saying “Hey who’s that guy?” or “I didn’t know he played for ____” quite a few times tonight. Believe me, it is tough to keep up with. For cheat sheet purposes, keep an eye on: Luis Scola, Danny Granger, Victor Oladipo, some guy named Derrick Rose, Greg Oden, JJ Redick, Jared Dudley and the entire Lakers roster. Seriously, if you know what the Lakers are doing with that team this year, I’m all ears.
3) Derrick Rose Overkill
It may have already happened depending on your tolerance for hearing the same name repeated over and over, but Derrick Rose is back. I know it and your grandmother (the one that makes the good apple pie) knows it. The sport is better for it, but these next few weeks will be unlike anything he’s ever experienced. Every play he’s involved in and every expression he has on his face will be deeply scrutinized. As a viewer, prepare to hear his name once or twice.
4) Miami’s Championship Hangover
I don’t think the Heat come out with the intensity tonight. The ring ceremony is emotionally taxing enough before they have to step on the court with a hell-bent Derrick Rose. Lots of questions with this Heat team. Are we sure that the team as a whole got better? I’m not sold. There is far too much riding on knee caps (Oden) and the decreased usage of marijuana (Beasley) for me to be especially confident in this team to 3peat. With that said, if they get any production out of those guys, there is not much that can stop them.
5) The New Kings of LA
It’s the Clippers city as far as basketball is concerned. One team has title hopes and the other will force people to spend $5 on programs outside of Staples Center because they have no idea who will be playing on any given night. Funny how things change, huh? I think Doc gives this team an offense aside from the eye contact Vinny Del Negro would make with Chris Paul that basically said, “I have no idea what I’m doing, so do what you want out there” and the inclusions of JJ Redick and Jared Dudley will improve the depth of a team that will need it come playoff time. In Los Angeles, fans will be on Kobe-Watch and DeAndre Watch. One achilles related, the other has-he-learned-how-to-play-basketball-yet-related.
Oh yeah, my name is Win. Happy to be apart of the Pick&Pop crew!