As The NBA turns…a basketball soap opera

The soap opera-type drama is in full effect in the Association although it’s only the beginning of the season. The cast of characters, rumors, trades, death stares, and the young talent of the league have all been tantalizing sub-plots so far.

The first coaching casualty of the season is Lakers head coach Mike Brown. The former Cavaliers coach was always over his head and set up for failure as he followed in the footsteps of a legend.

The Los Angeles Lakers snub Phil Jackson and hire the suspect former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. Last I checked D’Antoni’s idea of defense was more offense and he either quit or was fired from his last three coaching jobs. Why does the NBA continue to recycle old coaches that have done nothing?

 

The New York Knicks playing pressure defense under head coach Mike Woodson, the undefeated Knicks will be poised to make a run at the Eastern Conference crown. The big question is will Amare Stoudemire be able to adapt upon his return from injury?

 

James Harden– Be careful what you ask for. Harden was traded from Oklahoma City to Houston and put up 30.3 in his first two games. Since then both he and the Rockets have struggled and Harden is shooting 44.3% FG and 27% from downtown.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers if he returns, will the Zen Master be able to rejuvenate a Lakers club that has a 39-year-old point guard, a big man that is recovering from spine surgery, and a first ballot HOFer that’s past his prime,(Kobe Bryant 27.2ppg, 55% fg)?

 

Brandon Roy – The former All NBA veteran two guard is back in the league with the Timberwolves after believing that he would never play again because of a debilitating knee injury.

 

The Young Guns Increasingly young players are making an immediate impact as they come into the league. Watch out for Point Guard Damien Lillard, 18.8ppg 7.0apg, 3.0rpg (6-3, Weber State), Portland Trailblazer’s, PF Anthony Davis, 17.3pg, 8.0rpg (6-11, Kentucky), New Orleans Hornets and also Combo Guard Dion Waiters, 16.7ppg, 2.5apg, (6-5, Syracuse), Cleveland Cavaliers.

MY PREDICTIONS

MVP- LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony

2012-13 MVP- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

League Champion- Miami Heat defeat Los Angeles Clippers 4-1

Rookie of the Year- Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers