Now that games finally count for real in the NBA we can get back to business. No more speculation about what might happen, we get to discuss the daily happenings as the association has picked up right where it left off last season with high drama and action. The Baseline boys are happy to get back to normal and some thoughts on the early season thus far:
- Stephen Curry and the Warriors are still ridiculous.
- Rumors of the Raptors regression has been greatly exaggerated. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan are meshing well with DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross has been good too.
- Dwight Howard might really be the key to the Rockets as James Harden needs to become more efficient after a rough start.
- The Atlanta Hawks have rallied in the early going by getting great play from their core of Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Paul Millsap.
- The New Orleans Pelicans can’t defend at all and Anthony Davis is shouldering too much of the load. Will Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday come to his aid?
- We hoped Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were ready to make moderate improvement and our hope is quickly fading. The future of L.A. clearly lies in the hands of Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson but Mamba is still vying for the top spot.
- Rookie report: We check in on the progress of Emmanuel Mudiay, Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis
- Surprising starts…good and concerning: Andre Drummond, Evan Fournier, Bradley Beal, T.J. McConnell, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose
NBA Coast to Coast:
- Business deals in the NBA: Sprint out as cellphone provider and Verizon is in. NBA partners with YinzCam to enhance fan experience with team apps
- Gerald Green hospitalized for undisclosed reason.
- Mario Chalmers back on the trade block in Miami.
- Steve Kerr may not be back until after All-Star.
- Kevin Durant rumors ramping up as the Wizards and now Rockets are now reportedly in the mix.
- Nuggets re-sign Kostas Papanikolaou.
- LeBron James hulks out ripping his sleaved-jersey.
All this and more as we are in a jovial mood now that the association is back in full swing.