It is already the NBA pre-season and there are several star players with injuries to date. Thunder forward Kevin Durant will sit out due to a right foot injury. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is also injured, he has a hand injury. There is much hype about Lebron James’ return to Cleveland and there is much to determine whether he can bring a championship to Cleveland.
The USA Men’s basketball team did it again. They are not unbeatable, but they will take the FIBA World Basketball Championship unscathed and unchallenged. They beat Serbia in the gold medal game and will have another chance to win gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 at the Olympics. Kyrie Irving deserves top honors for getting the Americans there in Spain.
Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and Lebron James are forming a super-team in Cleveland and they’re hoping their superstar power will help the Cavs reach the NBA Finals and win an NBA title. Do they have obstacles? Chemistry issues? Things will work out in Cleveland with them with David Blatt as head coach. I don’t think the problems will be serious, but eventually things will work out.
They run good practices, at least they’ll play their best basketball against the likes of Lithuania, Argentina, Spain, and Greece. There is a way that team USA can play their best basketball, it’s just not superior basketball, it’s run-and-gun basketball against bigger and talented European and South American basketball players. Expect the Americans to win the FIBA basketball tournament, but not by giving up style points and layups to their opponents. You’ll witness the Americans to win basketball games closely, but expect their opponents to give a fighting chance against team USA.
Kevin Love is a prototypical high-low basketball player who can run up and down the court and with his perimeter shooting and picks, he’ll be tough to defend with Lebron James there with the Cavs. James Jones and Mike Miller joined Lebron James in Cleveland, so expect picking up Jones and Miller with open three-pointers when James and Love are double-teamed. I can see free agent Ray Allen joining Cleveland now.
Jameer Nelson signed with Dallas Mavericks. Orlando got rid of him, so expect Nelson to have a role in Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki. The Magic are rebuilding and there are lots of players who aren’t stars playing in Orlando now.
The Lakers hired Byron Scott as their head coach after Los Angeles had stints with Mike D’Antoni and Mike Brown. Jeremy Lin signed with the Lakers, so expect a Kobe Bryant-Jeremy Lin backcourt duo.
Mo Williams signed to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I don’t know why that happened.
There isn’t any general NBA updates to say, although it’s unclear to say where Kevin Love will end up. Cleveland wants to trade Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota so Kevin Love can play with Lebron James.
It’s not too certain if Carmelo Anthony is staying in New York, however Lebron James is returning back to his home state to play with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters and Kristan Thompson. Anthony is looking to test the waters in Chicago and in Los Angeles, looking to splash with Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant. James is looking to add NBA titles with Cleveland as he returns home.