Well the NBA Season tips off tonight and what a surprise this marks the start of my new daily nickel feature, offering five tidbits of the recent happenings around the association.
My goal is to have at least 98 blogs about the NBA this year, which is the minimum amount of games a team needs to win the NBA title.
So without further endue here are five things to watch for on opening night
1. How Greg Oden Performs in His First NBA Game
This wasn't supposed to be the story going into opening night for Greg Oden this should have been last year, but here we are once again, Greg Oden preparing for his first NBA game on the second half of the NBA's opening night double header.
Oden had an excellent preseason that has had many experts picking the Blazers as one of the favorites in the tough Western Conference. While the Blazers are an excellent up and coming team I predict them to be on the bubble all season.
Now for how Oden will perform, I will expect him to have some hiccups at the start of the year, especially tonight in his debut, but expect Oden to win Rookie of the Year with an excellent performance proving he was well worth the wait and is definitely not the next Sam Bowie.
2. Can the Celtics Pick Up Where They Left Off?
The Celtics had one of the most amazing turn around's in NBA history, going from being one of the NBA's most troubled franchise's to the NBA's best team and having fans in Boston talking about a repeat.
Well I predict that they will start off with a bang in their home opener tonight where they will raise yet another banner in the New Garden. The fans will be rowdy and I see the Celtics destroying LeBron and the Cavs.
3. Will Kobe be Healthy?
Kobe Bryant had a minor knee injury in the preseason and opted to not undergo surgery just like he did with his stillinjured pinky. So the major concern for the Lakers, who expect to be back in the Finals again will be how Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant hold up after having one of the longest basketball seasons in recent memory.
I say they should be fine, but if I was Phil Jackson I would give them slightly less minutes until the games get serious, and pray a couple times to make sure Kobe`s knee doesn`t go all Gilbert Arenas.
4. Who will Win Tonight?
Well the main question will be who opens the season with a win so here are my predictions for day one of the NBA season.(winners in bold)
Celtics over Cleveland
The fans will be loud as usual and the Celtics will start their quest for a repeat with a w.
Blazers over Lakers
Greg Oden will grab all the headlines, but at the end of the day the story will be that the Blazers beat the defending Western Conference Champions,
Bulls over Bucks
Derrick Rose makes his NBA debut against the newly improved Bucks, the one question is how either team adjusts to their new additions.
5. Why Not More Games?
I am just wondering why the NBA would not schedule more games for its season tip off, like the NHL and MLB do for its opening days.
My main guess is that TNT has a monopoly on the season opener, or that the NBA just wants to give a few teams the stage on the second biggest day in the NBA season.
All I know is that I would like a little more bulk on one of my favorite days of the NBA season and the entire sporting year in general.