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It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Time to break out the John Tesh#mce_temp_url#, your meme generators, and your Charles Barkley water cooler discourse. That’s right, last night began the NBA season. The following are my thoughts, predictions, and interesting story lines to watch for in this year of hoops.
If the Thunder don’t make it back to the finals it will have very little to do with James Harden.
Is James Harden cool? Yes. Did trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets change the course of basketball history? Na. Well … maybe it will. To be honest there’s no telling. We don’t know because we’ve never seen him do it before. Being the third scorer on a team, with two of the top 10 players in the game is not exactly a pressure cooker situation. At this point Harden has been able to come in and play against other bench players, while never really having to worry about much because Kevin Durant is totally awesome. In fact, assuming that things are now going to go terribly wrong for the Thunder is a huge slap in the face our reigning scoring title holder. What we do know is that it’s a bummer that we don’t get to see KD, Westbrook and Harden together anymore. They were fun to watch, young and exciting. But we also know that, while he doesn’t look as much like a bad ass vigilante comic book character as James Hardin, Serge Ibaka is the same age and arguably just as good at what he does. And I think it’s fair to say that he has a more important job. We also know that Kevin Martin is an elite shooter and averaged over 24 ppg just a couple of seasons ago. Now he’s playing in a contract year. That’s right … that also means once his contract is up at the end of this season OKC can take that money and chase after Manu Ginobli, Tyreke Evans, Paul Milsap or Al Jefferson, or even a Steph Curry or Monta Ellis if they want. With the exception of Evans, I think all of those guys could be a better fit on the Thunder. Can you imagine if Monta was coming off the bench somewhere? We also know they got future draft picks as well as a dude that was taken in the lottery this year, Jeremy Lamb. Lamb was a versatile scorer in college and seems pretty smart, could be a great asset. The future picks are definitely interesting, whether they’re used for trade bait or to keep mining through a talent booming draft system that has thus far treated the team very well (OKC got another big that was said to have top 10 talent in Perry Jones just this year!) We also know that never in the history of the Sixth Man of the Year award has there been a 6th Man of the Year Award winner who went on to be a franchise player on a different team. We also know that the Los Angeles Lakers scared the hell out of everybody before the trade whether they want to admit it or not. People are just looking for an excuse to give credit to the potential success of the Lakers’ off-season maneuvers to something else because they’re Laker-haters. I understand, I’m a Laker-hater too, but c’mon, let’s be realistic. Harden wanted to leave and go be the man somewhere and the Thunder made sure they got paid for it.
The Detroit Pistons will make the playoffs
Greg Monroe is a beast. I think he could easily average 20 and 10 this year. He’s a good passer in the post as well, and the Piston’s camp has been singing the praises of his work ethic. This guy is going to become the top center in the NBA within the next five years. The best part is that he doesn’t seem to be an idiot. He keeps to business. Gotta love that. Brandon Knight has got skills too. I watched him destroy my Tar Heels in the clutch in college as he showed some real killer instinct. As a rookie playing point guard at the highest level in world the kid averaged 13 points a game, with nearly half of that coming from outside. His 3 point shooting at 38% should only improve. Very few guys with his speed and athleticism have that kind of range. They’ve got Jonas Jerebko who has an awesome name and can rebound and hit the outside shot creating good floor spacing for Knight to operate in. A lot will depend on their gigantic, freakishly athletic rookie, Andre Drummond, who arrives to the league with a lot of questions on his character and work ethic. If he can hit 75% of his potential Motown will be the home of one of the best front courts in the league before too long.
The show “Wedding Band” will be this season’s “Franklin and Bash”
Remember how last year the Turner networks continued to shove their courtroom comedy starring Zack Morris and Thunder coach Scotty Brooks, Franklin and Bash down our throats? As the season went on I only became more and more certain that I never wanted to watch it. I’m already bracing myself for an even more annoying marketing splurge pushing TBS’s new show about a band that performs at weddings called … Wedding Band.
The Knicks (Carmelo Anthony) will make it to the second round of the playoffs!
I know Amare is already missing time with an injury, and that’s not good for anybody that is still holding on to hope that he and Melo can figure out how to play together, but I really like all of the veteran leadership they’ve brought in. Even though he’s way past his prime, Jason Kidd has to be the best player Melo has ever played with. That combined with Mike Woodson having a full year to get his plans together and work with his players will help give them a push to a solid regular season. They should be strong defensively with Chandler as their anchor and the Nets arrival to Brooklyn takes some of the pressure off. If they could get into a 4 spot in the playoffs they should land an opponent they can handle in round 1. I look forward to it.
Jeremy Lin will not start more than 50 games this year
I think he’ll get injured/be extremely disappointing to the point that they will find anyway they can to keep him out of the spotlight. He turns the ball over a ton, he’s slow, and he’s weak … and HE PLAYS POINT GUARD! He’s Tony Delk 2.0. That’s all I have to say about that.
And for my Finals prediction …
Grizzlies sweep the Heat! I BELIEVE!
Man that would be the coolest thing ever, but it’s gotta be Lakers or Heat right? And with out having seen this brand new Lakers team we gotta go with the Heat repeat for now I think.
Other storylines to watch for …
What if Derrick Rose comes back to a .500 or better Bulls team?
How bad would the star studded Lakers need to start for Mike Brown to be fired?
Will the poorly managed Clippers collapse?
Can the T-Wolves live up to the hype?
Will the Mavericks miss the playoffs for the first time in over a decade?
Can the Bobcats win 20 games?
Can Rondo become a better scorer?
Will Blake Griffin (averaged 21 and 11 last year) become a 5 guy? Top 7?
Who is better, Utah or Denver? Ok nobody gives a shit about that.
Later. GO GRIZZ!!!
Geeking out over Saul Bass before I go see Vertigo tonight. He basically invented the way we conceptualize titles as a part of a film today and took cinema one step further into complete artistry. He worked with several geniuses of film and his hand-cut style is perfectly captured here with his work for Preminger’s all too aptly titled film. Modern design is often missing the human factor.
Kat Dennings is a babe and this photo is radical.
Can we have this commercial banned? Normally I become pretty numb to shitty commercials, but this one really gets my goat. Let’s break it down:
1) Some schmuck that looks like a dumb version of Aaron Rodgers mixed with any male character from The Office gets dumped by some babe because he’s “boring”
2) Schmuck then goes out and gets a credit card in order to become less boring???
3) Schmuck uses credit card to go into debt by going to museums, television show tapings, and concerts by himself and staring at famous women.
4) Schmuck is not only boring, but is now poorer, more lonely due to his inevitable disenchantment from purposely surrounding himself with beautiful and powerful women he cannot be with, and is being made fun of by his ex and others on his social media outlets for constantly posting dorky pictures of himself at Alicia Keys concerts.
I’m pretty sure the director’s cut ends with him sitting in a closed garage with his Jetta running while blasting Falling on repeat.
On a sperate note, Alicia Keys: major babe.