Last year’s NBA final left the city of Miami elated and the rest of the country severely pissed off. The Heat proved to be too much for Spurs to handle, with Lebron James playing nearly perfect basketball through the series and willing the Finals MVP trophy into his arms. Many people would agree that last year’s season should have come with an asterisk, with some of the league’s biggest stars including Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Russy Westbrook and Kobe Bryant being out of commission in the playoffs due to injury.
And then, there was the offseason. The Boston Celtics finally decided to break up their Big Three and traded superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for…Mr. Kardashian and some change. This trade now makes the Nets a legitimate contender in the East and adds further fuel to the growing New York vs. Brooklyn rivalry. Chicago’s darling, Derrick Rose finally finished lifting all the weights in his Adidas commercial and seems back stronger than ever. This will make things very interesting, as Chicago almost advanced past the Heat without him last year.
On the left coast, Kobe is still injured and the Lakers are still going to suck. OKC looks like they will be dominant again this year, with a healthy Westbrook and KD playing elite ball per usual. In short, there are a few plotlines evolving as we go into the season and we can’t wait for it to start.
Here are the top 3 things to look for on opening night:
1. The Miami Heat vs. The Chicago Bulls: The Return of Derrick Rose
The youngest MVP in NBA history is coming back after missing all of last season. We’re beyond stoked for more plays like this. Even more exciting is that his first game is against the repeat NBA champions Miami Heat, and these teams really, really don’t like each other. Who you got? Lebron (and his hairline) or D-Rose? This is easily the most exciting game of opening night and a can’t-miss television event, going down tonight at 8pm on TNT.
2. New York Knicks vs. Milwaukee Bucks: J.R Smith aka The Pipe
The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year got paid over the summer and then forced the Knicks to pay his brother. The Pipe is one of our favorite players because he gives zero fucks and has the best twitter in the NBA. In fact, we would like to extend an invitation to come through the office and burn one. See The Pipe back in action tomorrow vs the Bucks.
3. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers: The Battle for Los Angeles
Out with the old and in with the new. With Kobe not expected to return from his knee injury for a few months and the Clippers looking like a legit contender, there’s been a shift in power in LA. This shift is well represented by Diplo, a regular at Clippers games. Just a few years ago it would’ve been unthinkable for a celebrity to be at Clippers games instead of the Lakers.