The most wonderful time of the year is not the Christmas holidays, it's the annual return of meaningful NBA contests to our flat-screens.
The worst part of summer is not the heat—though that is pretty bad—it is the knowledge that the NBA playoffs are done, and you're facing almost five months without the highest quality hoops in the world.
Yes, I'm a basketball junkie. I confess.
Thanks to the miracle of a free preview week of the NBA League Pass and two DVRs, I was able to catch at least a decent portion of 14 of the 16 games over the past two days.
This article will highlight the five teams (in completely random order) that most impressed me in their first game.
Fair warning: I grade on a curve, so meeting expectations does not thrill me (Celtics, Thunder, Spurs, Mavericks). Neither do contests between two crappy teams—someone has to win, that doesn't mean that I'm going to be impressed (Nets, Knicks, Kings).
On to the first slide!