The NBA is going insane now. What is going on? Stephen Curry isn’t his usual self making and hoisting those long three pointers, although his Warriors are on a roll. Draymond Green is his dominant self, making a claim for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Can Jason Kidd’s Milwaukee Bucks make a claim down the stretch for this year’s NBA title? Maybe.
Jason Kidd is entering his first year being the NBA head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, yet he is struggling. Since retirement, we do not know what coach Kidd has yet to learn about basketball coaching, yet he has the caliber chance to deliver an NBA title to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, and Andrei Kirilenko. The real question we should be asking Jason Kidd is why do we care about him being a good coach. Don’t get me wrong, Kidd was a veteran presence to have in the locker room and on the court, and because of his savvy ball handling skills, he knows how to get the rock to his teammates where he likes to have them make shots. The fact is, Jason Kidd is a rookie coach and shouldn’t be taken seriously. This is his first year being a basketball coach, and should we be surprised that he is struggling? Not all first-year NBA coaches do well on the job. Stay tuned for future articles on Jeff Hornacek, the new coach of the Phoenix Suns and Brian Shaw, the new coach of the Denver Nuggets.
The Chicago Bulls will definitely have Derrick Rose back for a full NBA season and they hope they will dethrone the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat come June in the NBA Finals. The Brooklyn Nets have Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry and they will have new Nets coach Jason Kidd lead them to the Promised Land and get an NBA title. When the NBA season starts, look for these things to expect: 1) Watch out for Alex Len, the center for the Phoenix Suns and expect him to get 15 points-10 rebounds a night, 2) the duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shoot the lights out of the gym every night, and 3) expect Chauncey Billups to have an impact on Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe’s development as basketball players.
Ahh, just like a regular workday, although it’s Sunday, I expect today’s games to be just as entertaining as any other day. The Clippers are playing the New York Knicks, so expect the Clippers to run with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and De Andre Jordan. The Knicks are ever so inconsistently running with Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd as their best defensive stalwarts, although they do have a formidable defense at the basket. Expect the Clippers at their best and the Knicks performing somewhat admirably best at running their halfcourt sets. This game is on ABC today, and it really should be a nail-biter if New York makes this game competitive.
I live here in New York City and I cannot stand when the New York Knicks do rally from behind and beat the leading team. They beat the Charlotte Bobcats in an earlier contest which I posted earlier, 100-98. Now they defeat the Brooklyn Nets in another come-from-behind victory 100-97. Tyson Chandler and Jason Kidd have got to be the guilty culprits when it comes to helping the Knicks overcome lead deficits during the game. As I watch Chandler play basketball, I begin to appreciate how much he contributes to winning basketball, as he already has an NBA ring. His defense means so much for a winning basketball team, yet his offense is scarcely improving.
The L.A. Lakers brushed off hiring Phil Jackson, the 11 time NBA-champion former head coach and signed Mike D’Antoni instead. How cool is that? Not only will the L.A. Lakers not hire the Zen Master and coached all NBA teams to championship titles, but they will get an NBA head coach who will get along with Kobe Bryant in D’Antoni. Also, the New York Knicks are 5-0. 5-0! That says something about how well the Knicks are playing especially with new acquisitions in Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, Marcus Camby, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, and Raymond Felton. They are committed to playing lock-down team defense and are in your face about scoring baskets against New York.
The Minnesota Timberwolves get Andrei Kirilenko? This is a big day for the T-Wolves. They’ll get a defensive player who will help them stop the opposing team’s best perimeter scorer. They also added Greg Stiemsma, an interior big man who will help Minnesota play tough defense and get those pesky rebounds. Brandon Roy is back in a big way for the T-Wolves and hopefulyl he’ll get back to where he started. Expect another big year from Kevin Love.
So the New Orleans Hornets are rebuilding behind Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers. Getting rid of Chris Paul and sending him to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers was a big deal for them. They got nothing in return for sending CP3 away and will play for nothing in return.
The Knicks will look good on paper with defensive additions with Marcus Camby and Ronnie Brewer and the arrival of Jason Kidd. But New York won’t play any better because of team chemistry. This is a crowded roster that needs time for its starting five and bench to jell and learn how to play together.
The only time OKC will see its championship trophy every time they get to play in the NBA Finals is if they will get to play angry and with a purpose. It will start with Kevin Durant and end with his offensive and defensive repertoires. If Durant gets more muscles and I mean more muscles, get to the weights in the gym and get stronger he will be a force to be reckoned with. His length will be hard to guard.
So the Orlando Magic start over without Dwight Howard. This will be interesting considering that they have new personnel in management and in head coaching status. Expect the Magic to do terrible things because they don’t have a Dwight Howard anymore. On the good side, expect Arron Affalo and Al Harrington pick up the slack.
The Philadelphia Sixers get Andrew Bynum. This should be an exciting time for the Sixers. Bynum should be able to pick up where he left off when he was with the Lakers. I really expect Bynum to make a bigger impact in Philly now. They’ll expect more out of him, but how much can Bynum develop as more time passes by?