This season is off to a decent start but so far it is lagging behind the excitement of the previous one. Last season was one of the best NBA season I have ever followed as a sports fans. There was sufficient drama and excitement throughout the league but mostly it was a feel good year. The players were all dialed in and the good teams were quickly separated from the awful ones. There were new stars and talents that emerged before our eyes; like Stephen Curry, Antony Davis, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. There were the veterans who solidified their status as part of basketball’s elite. Players like Kyle Korver, Joachim Noah, John Wall, Goran Dragic, Chris Bosh, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc & Pau Gasol, Al Jefferson and occasionally, Blake Griffin. There are way too many players to name so I apologize to anyone that I have left off the previous list.
Then we have the elite amongst the elites. Players like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Kenneth Faried, DeMarcus Cousins, Tony Parker and even Mike Conley. The guys who brought it consistently and demolished the competition on a nightly basis. Much respect. Thank you all for making it one of my favorite seasons. I’m glad that the change in commissioner has driven the league to move in a different direction; at least when it comes to messaging. David Stern, towards the end of his tenure, didn’t seem to be as concerned with the quality of the game but more with selling the game to owners and sponsors. Marketing is something that always has to be done, yes, but it didn’t have to be at the cost of good competiton. He had also allowed owners like Donald Sterling to get aware with racism and discrimination while severely fining players for comparatively minor offenses. Also, the officiating of games improved significantly over the past year and a half and that has made the game much more enjoyable to watch. There are still problems with superstars getting more calls than the less established players but there seems to be a growing consistentency in the interpretation of the in-game rules.
To the NBA and its players, I salute you.
Now to pivot back to this year. I am mostly impressed with 2 teams in particular. My hometown Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. I don’t think it’s a coincidence why both teams have some of the most active fans. They are real good and really fun teams to watch. There seems to be a synergy amongst the ranks within both organizations and it’s helping both ball clubs win games. The players just seem very dialed in and focused on winning the season. No doubt when this season is done there will be a plethora of highlight reels from both teams; like the insane posterization of Andre Drummond by James Johnson. That might have been the dunk of the year. I hope there is plenty more to come.
Feeling good considered. Being off to another wonderful season in 2015, considered. I still think the teams to beat are the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Portland Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. Even then, I feel like the best team is the Chicago Bulls, especially if Nikola Mirotic can handle playing at the small forward position as the season wears on. The sheer length, speed and experience on that Bulls team is scary. The only team with a chance, in my opinion, are the Cleveland Cavaliers if someone can wake Kevin Love from his slumber. Where is he? That’s going to be the story as we progress through the second quarter or second third of this season. All I know is, I expect more drama over the next two months as the competition ramps up.