It has finally arrived. NBA Media Day began this weekend, as reporters and a slew of media outlets bombarded at least five training camps including LeBron James and the new Cleveland Cavaliers, the retooled Miami Heat and defending world champs San Antonio Spurs. Warren Shaw had an opportunity to visit the Heat Media Day and capture the mood and tone in the post Big Three era. On this week’s edition of The Baseline:
- We discuss how motivated the Heat are after a tumultuous offseason. Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng form Miami’s new trio but how successful can they be?
- We also look at the Cavs as they begin a second stint with their Hometown Hero, coupled with his new sidekicks Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Are the Cavs ahead of the curve to dominate the Eastern Conference.
- Flying quietly under the radar are the World Champion San Antonio Spurs preparing themselves to accomplish one of the most difficult feats in sports (repeating). We analyze comments made during their media day session which may build up a little foreshadowing on players we need to watch make a big splash in 2014…eh hem Kawhi Leonard. Is Leonard ready to be the next great Spur behind the likes Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili?
- We also give you The Drop on the latest happenings in the NBA including the latest injury to Rajon Rondo and how this will impact his contract year and the Boston Celtics
- We go Coast to Coast keeping you up to date on the movements of the NBA including the Suns re-signing Eric Bledsoe.
- Another Pelican’s ability to stay healthy is briefed as Tyreke Evans is again on the mend.
- The Celtics, Cavaliers and Sixers complete a series of trades that saw Keith Bogans moved through all 3 locations.
All this and a tribute to a baseball great, The Captain Derek Jeter in this special edition of The Baseline.