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.
The Atlanta Hawks signed Dwight Howard. This is huge for the organization. Not only do they upgrade, but they get him to play for his hometown Atlanta. The Hawks have a center in the middle who will maintain a presence, both offensively and defensively, in the middle.
Kevin Durant is being courted by several NBA teams and one only wonders where he’ll go. Will he make Golden State a better offensive team?
Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic on Draft Day. It’s clear that Oklahoma City is rebuilding. What happens to Russell Westbrook?
Luol Deng has signed a deal to play for the L.A. Lakers. Puzzling move for the Lakers organization.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions and they did it by beating the Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 on June 19. Lebron James is the four-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. The Cavs had grit and the Golden State Warriors did not. That is the key ingredient to who wins the NBA Finals.
Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks recently today. What becomes of the deal that has been made?