PURITY OF THE GAME
PURITY OF THE GAME
Last year as Derrick Rose sat out with a torn ACL his fans waited, when he was cleared for play by team doctors his fans waited, as the playoffs came nearer his fans waited and as the undermanned Bulls went on one of the most exciting, yet short lived playoff runs in recent memory the fans waited.
The Trailblazers have come out of the gates hotter than probably anyone outside of Portland was expecting. They are currently standing atop the Western conference at 16 and 3, a half game ahead of conference champs San Antonio.
After the 2013 Finals, where the Spurs came as close as you can to winning yet fall short, there were probably some basketball heads thinking San Antonio would come out blazing this season, on a mission for revenge and a some blood, like Wyatt, Doc Holliday and the rest of the gang.
The start of this season found 13 teams under new a new head coach, nine of which had never been a head coach in the NBA prior. The landscape of the league this year has made for very interesting goals and initiatives for these fresh coaches to face.
For the second time in four months Omer Asik has requested a trade from Houston. The first was prior to the season's start, upon the team's acquisition of Dwight Howard through free agency.
It might be too difficult to pinpoint exactly when it happened, maybe at the very beginning of the season breaking Reggie Miller's franchise record for threes in a game, maybe his first all-star game, maybe it didn't truly happen until the playoffs, but at some point during last season Paul George arrived.
After a full season and two playoff runs off Derrick Rose has made his much anticipated return to the Bulls lineup. The Bulls however have started off to a much less celebratory 1-2, with loses suffered at the hands of the world champion Heat and the allegedly tanking Sixers (who also beat the Heat) and narrowly eking a win out against the Knicks.
Drafted second behind Greg Oden, in the second biggest draft blunder behind Jordan and Sam Bowie, by defunct Seattle Supersonics (RIP) Kevin Durant has been second since his professional inception. He has finished second in MVP voting three times (2013, 2012, 2010) all won by Lebron James.
Blake Griffin has quickly become one the NBA's most polarizing players. Dwight Howard is up there for his free agency floundering, among a myriad of other reasons, and while the public opinion on Lebron has eased he still fronts the league's evil empire.
Almost exactly a year ago while fans were revving up for the 2012-13 season, excited about the young Thunder team who had eclipsed the expectations of many by going all the way finals and taking Lebron's Heat down to the wire in four games, the Thunder traded away their freewheeling guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets.
Last season, with four games left to play before the Lakers playoff campaign that Kobe Bryant himself guaranteed, in a game against everyone's favorite western conference prodigies Golden State, we saw father time sweep onto the court and finally catch up with the black mamba.