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Friday, October 7, 2011

Top Ten Things We Will Miss this NBA Season

10) Jimmer Fredette wins the three point shoot out during all-star weekend

Is it possible that this guy is the best shooter in the league already?

Well if the lockout keeps going he may be by default, as some of the other greats just may have to retire (Steve Nash, Ray Allen).

Seriously though, name a shooter in the NBA better than this guy. Steph Curry?

Imagine Jimmer coming down to Orlando and putting on a show.
Craig Hodges might have been in trouble.

9) The best slam dunk competition ever.

Is this the year the NBA would have finally got it right?
Is this the year that superstars finally stepped up and into the competition (at least to make it up to the fans for the lockout)?

Think about this line-up:
LeBron James (goes from preliminarily to actuality)
Derrick Rose
Russel WestBrook
Blake Griffin

My Good-ness
Why hasn't this happened already???

8) The knicks having their first 50 win season in over a decade
Think about what it's like to be a Knicks fan:
We could never get over the hump with Ewing.
(Thank Jordan and Texas for that).
We went through the 00's as a joke.
We finally pick up Amar'e and Carmelo. Back on the map???
Nope. Now we have the lockout to prevent us from winning.

NY just can't catch a break.

Think about how fun the renewed Miami/New York rivalry would be.
Or how about a new Chicago/New York grudge match?

7) Dwight Howard's last year in Orlando/Chris Paul's last year in NOLA 

For all of the bad luck the Knicks have, maybe the next time there are NBA games CP3 will be in NYC. New Yorkers are already used to waiting till next year in basketball. Might as well wait one more year for Chris Paul.

At least Orlando and NOLA won't have to go through all that annoying and distracting trade talk the way Denver did last season. Although, I suppose that means that both teams won't get any sort of just compensation for their loses with a trade.

6) The Miami Heat win 73 games
What? You don't think these guys will get better?
How about when they add a piece or two and stay healthy?
Then they can really be in the NBA 2K12 talk for greatest team of all time.

What would Jordan think?

5) The Gasol brothers meet in the western conference 2nd round
Remember when you thought the Lakers robbed Memphis by getting Pau Gasol for practically nothing?
Well, what do you think now? Who was the better Gasol in last year's playoffs?
(Hint: Pau wasn't the brother that was second in the NBA in rebounding).

Is Marc Gasol one of the better centers in the NBA now?
Bynum/Pau Gasol frontline? What about the Randolph/Marc Gasol frontline?
You're talking Hollywood vs. beast mode.

When was the last time we saw brothers go up against each other in the NBA?
On this this type of stage? Think about how epic this would be.

4) Opportunities abound
My, look how many players have signed to play overseas.
Question: What if there is a season? What about all the players that don't have an opt-out clause in their contract (you know like half the Denver Nuggets team)? Does that mean there will be a lot of teams looking for players to fill needs at various positions?

Could be a great opportunity for players who may normally have been over looked.

3) World Peace (Metta)

Has the back of an NBA jersey ever said so much?

2) Kobe vs. LeBron (Finally)
In '09 and '10 Kobe was waiting while LeBron couldn't get the Cavs over the hump.
So, last year LeBron jumped ships to Miami to get to the finals only for Kobe and the lakers to pull a dud  in the second round.

Was this going to be the year?

I always had a question if these two met with a title on the line.
Who would Kobe be?
Would Kobe be Jordan  - in the sense that he would win and therefore deny everyone of his contemporaries a championship.
Or would Kobe be Magic - in the sense that after 5 rings, he would lose to the next greatest player in his last finals appearance and pass the torch to a new era.

I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

1) Durant vs. LeBron
Forget all that Kobe/LeBron talk anyway.
It's all about LeBron/Durant now.

This was the year they were going to meet in the finals - for the first time.
(A Dwayne Wade/Russel Westbrook matchup wouldn't be that bad either).

But if it makes you feel better, these two will have plenty of time to compete for championships.

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