The Season before the Glory (NBA Preview 2009-2010)

Posted 10/27/2009 by CtotheB in Labels: , , ,

Tonight begins the season before the glorious mission...the King in the Empire State.

Not that this is a throwaway season; just saying 2010 can't come soon enough.

It's a year where there are five teams (Celtics, Lakers, Magic, Spurs, and the Cavs) who are head and shoulders above the competition and a majority of the league doesn't have a chance. Most teams who are like this probably don't care that much because they're in the 2010 sweepstakes.* But what makes this season worth watching are those teams in puberty.

Remember that girl in your high school who had the braces and the acne but became AMAZINGLY good looking during college?

Or how sisters weren't really checking for you until you hit your growth spurt? That's where Atlanta, Portland, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Toronto, and Washington are. The first three are good enough to make the playoffs and the last three are intriguing enough to watch em try.

The table seems set for an epic Finals. Lakers- Cavs. Shaq and Kobe have their final confrontation,** LBJ and Kobe prove who is the best,***and Nike makes enough money to pay their shoemakers fairly.**** If you're a fan of epic showdowns, this has gotta be what you want.

Too bad it won't happen. In fact, I believe that the Cavs won't make it past the second round of the playoffs.

Here is my prediction for the East:

1. Boston
2. Orlando
3. Cleveland
4. Atlanta
5. Chicago
6. Washington
7. Toronto
8. New York
9. Miami
10. Detroit
11. Charlotte
12. Philly
13. Indiana
14. Milwaukee
15. New Jersey

Boston will sweep NY
Orlando takes it to the Raptors
Cleveland over Washington
Chicago over the Hawks

Boston gets the best in a rematch against Chicago from last year's thriller.
Orlando beats Cleveland again and the new Superman will dominate his predecessor.*****

Boston (if everyone is healthy) should thrash Orlando with defense, grit, and that hunger you just can't teach.

While I believe the Celtics will be in the Finals, they won't play the Lakers.

Yes, Kobe is the baddest ting alive, they're the defending champs but it's not the same squad. Honestly, I don't want to see Kobe and Artest play together; I want to see Artest guard Kobe. They had bad blood in the Rockets-Lakers series last year and I can't see them coexisting. Artest is known as a loose cannon and Kobe is known as a reserved, cold, assassin.******

This is how I see the West shaping up:

1. Spurs
2. Lakers
3. Portland
4. Denver
5. Dallas
6. New Orleans
7. Utah
8.Oklahoma City
9. Phoenix
10. Houston
11. Golden State
12. Clippers
13. Memphis
14. Minnesota
15. Sacramento

Spurs take OKC
Lakers brush Utah
Portland takes NO
Dallas disposes of Denver

Lakers over Portland
Spurs over Dallas

Spurs beat the Lakers. It's a mental sport and San Antonio has the best run team in the sport.

And that my friends is why I believe it will be Spurs-Celtics and the Spurs will win the championship.

Let the games begin...

*Obviously the Knicks are in this bunch and I worry for them and their fellow cellar dwellers who I don't think really have a plan B if they don't get a top-tier free agent. Could it be that the LeBrons and DWades of the world are merely flirting with them only to make their current teams jealous(read: pay them more)? I've built up so much anticipation for July 2010, if LBJ signs to another team, he may enter the Jordan-Miller-Mourning zone of hoopers I despise.

**Shaq might not retire but this is his last year in the playoffs unless he joins another contender.

***If you are over the age of 15 you understand that LBJ and Kobe are one of the best to ever do it. If you are under, you prolly think Jordan is overrated and didn't even blink when you heard Magic and Isiah aren't really friends.

****And still won't.

*****Shaq must take it personally that Dwight Howard calls himself Superman right? Seeing them play will probably feel like this.

******I don't care what any Laker fan might say. His teammates don't like him. One day psychologists will use "Kobe Doin' Work" to research Stockholm syndrome.

1 comment(s) to... “The Season before the Glory (NBA Preview 2009-2010)”


WHayes said...

Rockets at Golden State tomorrow. Who gots the TIVO?

Free Blog Counter