Every year they're are the Colts, the Patriots. The Cowboys. The Packers. The teams that seem to win every year. Then they're the Dolphins or the Rams. The teams that never seem to win each year. Then there's always at least two teams that were terrible the year before that are 4-0 or 3-1 in the first 4 weeks. But rarely, do they ever pull through in the final stretch and keep winning.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a great example. The Rays were destroying all of baseball in the first half. Question was... were they for real? The second half was much the same.
This year the Bills are 4-0. 49ers are looking good.
It seems like the NBA Season will never come. Every day that goes by, it is getting closer. But it sure doesn't feel like that. I'm sure the players would hate this but, what if they made the season longer? It would mean more money for owners, and better for fans who want to watch basketball every day. I'm sure this will never happen. Just givin' it a thought.
That's what I think. What do you think? You can always comment to give me your thought on the comments page.
Let me tell you something first. I love Slam. It's a fun magizine to read. I subscribe to it and I read the newest issue. On the front it says, "YALL AIN'T READY". The picture on the cover was Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, and Derrick Rose. I was sickened to look at that, and let me tell you why.
I love my man K-Love. I'm a UCLA Basketball fan and I hate USC. In my mind, K-Love is better than OJ Mayo overall. OJ Mayo probably is more athletic, but Kevin is so smart with the ball and can give a team a better chance to win.
OJ Mayo is questionable for a couple of reasons. Back in High School, people thought he was great. Then, he comes to USC and underachieves. Now, he is being treated like a Superstar. Do you get what I'm saying? Kevin Love has never really been in the spotlight but showed great skills this summer.
Back to SLAM.
You can probably tell why I'm a little mad about that article but watch out! Kevin Love will be R.O.Y.
Let's get off topic a little bit and talk some football. My favorite team... The Redskins. I can just spit it out right now. If the Redskins make the playoffs, I will be out of my mind. They are in the toughest division, the NFC East. With the Eagles back on top, I can't believe this. But out of the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants... one of those three teams will not be in the playoffs. With Eli, McNabb, and Romo gunning down receivers like a 4-star general. I can't wait to see what happens.
And then, there is, the... Redskins who are talent-wise, behind the pack.
This looks worse than ever for the Redskins, but will be a fun year to watch.
One thing the Washington Wizards won't be seeing this year is a full season of Agent Zero greatness. Gil is going under a 3rd knee operation and will be missing at least 1 month. I'm wondering if this is affecting Gilbert more than the Wizards. Arenas missed most of last year and when he was playing he wasn't 100%. Now, he's sitting on the sidelines watching his team suffer... again.
Think about this. All of those NBA Players who are getting paid to put the ball in the hoop are living lives of luxury. Sounds great, right?
Those players may be getting paid a lot of money, but it takes a lot more than money for them to pursue the passion of their life. Every day of their life for most of their lives they've been practicing as hard as they can. Talk about wear-n-tear. They might be having fun playing out there, but they're knees can't be feeling too well. And for many of those players they'll wake up a lot of mornings for the rest of their lives feeling the effects of all those days pounding the rock into the asphalt.
I'm watching Monday Night Football. It's the Packers vs. Vikings and this is great. I have almost no interest in any of these teams, but with Aaron Rodgers first NFL Start, and Adrian "All Day" Peterson running the ball... IT'S JUST GREAT! It's one of those games that would be a terrible Week 13 game but it's a great Week 1 game.
I'm all for Aaron Rodgers. Main reason: I was sick of the whole Brett Favre situation. More than that though, I always root for the underdogs, or in this case, a young gun, and boy he is looking good tonight.
Domination. Determination. Defense. 3 Words that sum up the Lakers Season. The whole team was unstoppable. With Kobe Bryant helping. Go a couple years back when people were saying Kobe Bryant was bigger than the Lakers. Those fans must be kicking themselves because Kobe showed them up and basically was the king last year. With Bynum injured, us Laker fans were wondering what could go worse but Mitch Kuptchak saved us all with a big deal to bring in Pau Gasol. They were great all season but fell up short when the spotlight came down on them. With Bynum added into the triangle offense, it will take the pressure off of Pau Gasol and make the Lakers that much better. They are looking good going into the NBA Season.
Questions about the Lakers:
Kobe - Better, Worse, or the same?
I'm going to say about the same. He could go a little better or a little worse. Fatigue could become a factor but I'm not buying that. I say he has another MVP-Worthy season but will lose to LeBron.
Andrew Bynum - Will his injury effect his play this year?
I think it will effect a little bit but he will still be the Bynum were used to.
The Celtics last year were simply amazing. You gotta' give props to the Celtics GM, Danny Ainge. In the 2006-2007 season, they were awful. They had a record of 24-58 finishing last in their division. They were crushed soon there after when they didn't get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft. When everything looked absolutely terrible, Danny Ainge made some huge deals. He brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Two monster weapons along with Paul Pierce. They were just better than everyone. (except the lakers) I am a lakers fan by the way. *laugh* After crushing teams in the Regular Season, they got off to a shaky start but then got back on pace to win the NBA Finals.
NBA Preview 2008
What to look for: Boston Celtics to be once again dominant, but not be as dominant as teams will catch up. Boston Celtics year-by-year will get older just like everyone else and watch out for them to slow down at times. Also, watch out for a lesser production game-by-game from the Stars... a.k.a. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.
Players to look out for: Rajan Rondo could be a hit in the next few years, or, he could be a complete failure. The bench could also be a surprise with the growth of Leon Powe, and others.
Prediction: 59-21, Eastern Conference Champs, and lose to the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
In the weeks coming, before the NBA Season begins that is... I will be writing Team Previews and my thoughts about this year. It is gonna be great. My first article will be in about 2 days. Check back then. Take care until then.