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2008-09 NBA Running Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by GB-Hack, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Season starts tonight. Want to see how Oden does in his first game.

    Here's some predicitions from ESPN's group: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/preview2008/news/story?page=NBAChamps-081028

    Predictably, the majority say either the Lakers or Celtics win it all.

    Personally, I'd like to see New Orleans and Orlando make the finals. Doubt that comes through though.
  2. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    You and I must share a brain, GB. I was just looking back a few pages to see if an NBA thread had already been started.

    Anyway, thanks to last year's Western Conference race/playoffs, I am a fan of the league again. The East will be better than in years past, though one sub-.500 team will still make the playoffs.

    Baron Davis' beard won't be enough to get the Clips into the playoffs.

    The Cavs will again make it to the conference finals but will find that LeBron can't win the damn thing by himself.

    Just hoping my Suns stay relevant. Could be Nash's last stand ...
  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Most intriguing team has to be the Blazers; those Spaniards, Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Rodriguez are the real deal, plus the addition of Oden and mainstays Aldridge and Roy. Wow.

    Lakers are favorites because of Bynum. I just hope they can stick together for the year so we can see how good they are. I don't think they need to unload Odom, just somehow get him to find a comfort zone.

    Suns? Sadly Shaq simply drags that team down. Yet, they looked pretty good for a game and a half with the Spurs. Hard to believe that Matt Barnes and Robin Lopez are the answer though.

    Rockets. Artest is intriguing. But beyond that, he's never won anything (nor has T-Mac or Yao). Do not think it starts now.

    Celts. Simply because they are defending champs. Read some quote from Rivers at the start of last year telling the big 3 that this was their one chance, forget next year. Guess he wasn't so bad after all.

    My Warriors? Sadly went from one of the most exciting teams in the league to a mere shell of a team; hoping to eck out victories over the Kings/Clips/T Wolves, etc. as Maggette dominates the ball and the youngsters (Brandon Wright, Anthony Randolph, Belinelli) rot on the bench.
  4. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    What, no homage to Penny Hardaway?
  5. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    I agree that the Blazers are going to be fun to watch. Too bad I'll probably never get to see them play...
    Also curious to see what happens with OKC and Durant.
    I think it was the ESPN preview that called the Grizzlies the most exciting lotto team. Will be interesting to see how OJ does and just what happens with all those kids.
    Curious to see how much better Miami will be in the East this year and if the Bulls are really as bad as they looked last year.
    The Cavs came so damn close to beating Boston last year they've got to be the other team to watch out of the East and should be damn fun to watch now that they're running and gunning.
  6. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Where's Lil' Penny hanging?
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I followed LeBron's lead and refused to watch the Celtics championship ceremony.
  8. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    It was kind of lame, but the rings they got were ridiculously huge.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I guess now I have to boycott your posts!
  10. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    The Lakers have the best team on paper. But they were exposed as soft in the Finals and flatout quit in Game 6. Maybe Bynum can bring some much-needed toughness to LA.

    Celtics will miss James Posey. Hopefully Tony Allen can step up and fill his spot. He can play some good D, but I wonder if he got that explosiveness back that he lost last season.

    Cavs (and Mo Williams) are really intriguing.

    Blazers and Grizzlies should be exciting to watch. Suns and Mavs are on the downside and one of them might not make the playoffs. Rockets look great on paper, but the Artest factor/injury bug will probably kill them. I think the Clippers could be a surprise team.
  11. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    Man, this Cavs/Celtics game is ugly. I also just remembered how much worse regular season NBA is to watch than playoffs.
  12. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    No real surprise there. Both don't mind winning ugly with defense.
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