It is nearly December and we have a full night of NBA action. Golden State is 14-2, while Cleveland is 12-2 and I can anticipate a Cavs-Warriors rematch in the NBA Finals in 2017. What will Cleveland and Golden State do for an encore when both teams face each other again for a third time? This time, Golden State has Kevin Durant while Cleveland has the same group that brought them there to the 2016 NBA title. The Cavs do not have Matthew Dellavedova with them this time. He’s playing with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs do look like a sure shot of repeating for the 2017 NBA title after winning it last season.
It is the start of November and the Golden State Warriors are off to a start with Kevin Durant on board the Warriors squad. What will Durant do to help the Warriors come playoff time? Will he help Golden State with defense? There’s no question that San Antonio isn’t far behind with winning the 2017 NBA title now that Tim Duncan is retired. The Spurs have Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge to help them win now. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli are aging, but it won’t be long until fresher legs arrive for them.
The NBA season has started and it has only been one game into it already. The Golden State Warriors lost their first game against the San Antonio Spurs, while the Chicago Bulls won their first game against the Boston Celtics. Though it is only one game, there is plenty action to see.
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.