The NBA pre-season is going on right now. Who will be fresher than most NBA teams going into the regular season? Does Nerlens Noel have what it takes to lead these Philadelphia Sixers? Will Brandon Ingram step up for the Los Angeles Lakers? Can Kevin Durant mesh with his new teammates? Will Dwyane Wade help Chicago into the NBA playoffs? There are lots of questions in the NBA that need to be answered.
The 2016 NBA Draft took place and are we seeing Ben Simmons being injured and not being able to play for the Philadelphia Sixers. What do we consider is the hotshot rookie of this year’s NBA season around the corner? Is it Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers? Will Kevin Durant blend in with his new teammates in Golden State? Time will tell.
What direction is the National Basketball Association going in the near future? You have to admit, things aren’t the same since the one and only Michael Jordan retired. You have to consider that lots of basketball stars are trying to get there with Jordan did with his six championship rings. Lebron James is trying to build up his legacy, but for how long? His jump shot isn’t as consistent or as percentage-heavy driven as Michael Jordan’s was. When I say percentage-heavy driven, I mean that Jordan shot the basketball at a high percentage and he relied on a fadeaway jumper and a jump shot as he got older. Lebron James doesn’t really have a reliable jump shot and he relies on his athleticism, especially his jumping ability to get him through the victory on the basketball court. There is no one who saw the game as gifted as Michael Jordan was.
The USA men’s Olympic basketball team went for gold and got it. They did it by beating Serbia 96-66 in the gold medal game. Kevin Durant had 30 points to lead all male American basketball players in the NBA in the gold medal game. I thought that the USA men’s basketball team weren’t going to give it their all after surviving France, Australia, and also Serbia in the preliminary games. Durant led the way in the gold medal game against Serbia and it was a no-contest.
So far the USA men’s basketball team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been spectacular. The Americans have survived teams by France, Serbia, and Australia by 5 points or less. In the quarterfinals, the Americans beat Argentina in a blowout and Spain in a close game to meet Serbia in the final for the gold medal. What will become of the American men’s basketball team? Will they go for gold?
Rajon Rondo signed a 2-year, $28 million deal to play with the Chicago Bulls. Will he be able to mesh with Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg and his teammates? Rondo will be playing with newly acquired Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, who will be sliding to the small forward position. Everybody is moving around in the NBA, in search for an for NBA title. Will Kevin Durant help Golden State make back-to-back-to back NBA Finals appearances? Will Lebron James get Cleveland another NBA title? Time will tell.
Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors. He is helping a team that has made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances, won an NBA title, and won 73 games last season. That means that Harrison Barnes is expendable now. They will keep Durant now and let Barnes walk.