NBA season is just around the corner and the Boston Celtics coming from a Cinderella season will try to defend their title. Will we see a repeat? Who will be the league’s MVP? Will Kobe be content to be a passer with Andrew Bynum back in their lineup? Who will be the rookie of the year? Last year’s first round draft pick in Greg Oden or the new talented rookies of 2008? Let’s look up some possibilities and opinions coming to the 2008-2009 season.
NBA champ– Runners up would be Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston with its lineup fully intact minus defensive dynamo in James Posey have acquired a good number of role players in Patrick O’Bryant, rookies Bill Walker, Semih Erden and J.R. Giddens their formidable starting five are gelling quite well with KG running the team I can’t see any reason why they cant duplicate their last year feat. Last year’s runner up the LA Lakers will have a reason to smile with Andrew Bynum back making a twin tower with Pau Gasol. Kobe will always be a focal point in their offense but this time there won’t be any pressure to score. Losing Ronny Turiaf to Golden State the Lakers added 6-7 chinese point guard Sun Yue and FC Josh Powell. The Lakers will go all the way if they all stay healthy. San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland will always be the teams to look forward to with San Antonio’s solid line up and Cleveland’s new high octane offense with Mo Williams injected in the line up and the durable King James will make an exciting playoff matchup to any teams in the east.
MVP– There will be only two choices, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.
Kobe went on to win his first MVP award because of hard work and unselfishness. He had improved his game from an offensive player to a well rounded versatile player. He carried his team all the way to the finals and that is a mark of an MVP player.
Lebron James almost made it last year but fell short because there wasn’t anyone who could back him up. Statistically Lebron will surpass Kobe this time with Bynum, Gasol and Odom lifting the team’s offensive stance Kobe doesn’t need to score a lot. Lebron has been solid all his career. It’s still anyone’s ball game Kobe a repeat? Or is it Lebron’s time?
Rookie– Greg Oden is out to prove anyone that he is not the next Sam Bowie. He is improving more on his offense and defense and has gained my admiration as he continuously gave a double double performance in the preseason games. Kevin Durant won the award last year because there wasn’t any competition with other rookies. He dominated the game more than anyone from his batch but this time Greg Oden will have to battle it out with Derrik Rose, Michael Beasley and Kevin Love but with Greg on a winning team and expected to gain more minutes he could very well grab the rookie of the year award.
Those are just speculations and unprecedented forecast with Pre season game as its basis.
The ball is round and the unexpected always happen. With all said and done 2009 season is almost coming and the ice cold beers and chips are now ready for munching. Let the games begin! Gulp gulp…