And so it begins the most anticipated and what potentially might be the greatest regular season in NBA history!!
Frankly, the thought of opening night is giving me more pleasure than the taste of a carrot cake, cheesecake mix from Junior’s in Manhattan and that’s saying a lot. Like many of my fellow Basketball Junkies the only thing that has truly kept me afloat since Kobe Bryant jumped on the scores table in June and claimed his immortality as one of greatest to play the game, was the ‘Young and the Restless’ like drama that the off season offered.
From Draft night in New York City to the critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated “Decision”, starring LeBron James. The Nielsen Co. estimated that nearly 10 million people tuned in to see the one-hour special on ESPN, who jumped at the opportunity to garner the attention of the potential viewership.
Since then, ESPN has been criticized by fellow networks, for its decision to show the event and LeBron James has been criticized like no other athlete has been, for his poor judgment for the venue and medium in which he declared he would be “taking his talents to South Beach.”
The summer of super-stardom has amassed a level of attention that no sports league has seen in a single off-season, in the history of sports. The conversation is far from subsiding, from bold statements made by NBA legends, like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, to never-ending discussions in barbershops about the excitement that the ‘summer of 2010’ brought to the league.
Rest assured that this will be considered the genesis of what commissioner David Stern believes will be “some of the greatest basketball ever played.” There is no doubt that this season will be one of the most competitive and entertaining seasons the NBA has ever seen.
Here are eight storylines to watch for this NBA season, enjoy!