What All Did We Learn from the NBA Preseason?

Alexis Pitchford
Staff Writer

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Ostensibly, it seems that each and every reporter for ESPN gets paid every time the words “LeBron James” come out of their mouths. LeBron’s move to LA has not only drawn him more NBA attention, but Hollywood attention as well. James has spent plenty of time in the studio this offseason, but that’s what you can do when you’re the King. He’s expected to be in Space Jam 2, an HBO documentary on Muhammad Ali and a Netflix documentary called ‘Shut Up and Dribble’.

The new Lakers’ roster is very excited about this new upcoming NBA season, as they treat each other like AAU teammates: full of comradery. No one in the world would have ever thought that Lance Stephenson would put a smile on LeBron James’ face. LeBron has already crowned Lonzo Ball as his, “Young King.” However, the backcourt of the young Zo and Do (Rajon Rondo) will be fighting for that title, as Rondo has already won the battle for the starting position.

There is a new rivalry in the state of California, and it’s between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. Just in their two preseason games against each other, the teams exposed a lot. LeBron is actually having fun against the Warriors, as he notched a nearly half-court buzzer-beater shot.

In just 12 minutes of playing time against the Lakers, Steph Curry notched 16 points. In just 18 minutes, Klay Thompson drilled 21 points. Just imagine the amount of damage that they can do to the Lakers with 40-plus minutes. This rivalry also brings much hostility, as Lance Stephenson was ejected for swinging at Quinn Cook, and Michael Beasley was ejected after an altercation with Draymond Green.

As the Boston Celtics gave a good run against the King and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, we all know that they are only going to be more dangerous in the 2018-19 NBA season. With a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to add to their stellar young core of Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown, it looks like the Celtics’ Eastern Conference winning streak will be starting up once again.

Could this team be in conversation with previous Celtics’ dynasties such as the Larry Bird era and the Garnett, Allen and Pierce era? Time will tell.

The Celtics will have to go through the 76ers to win the East, though. Point guard Ben Simmons has been the face of Australia all summer. He was the face of the NBA 2k Australian edition, and has been going on Nike tours all across the continent. Joel Embiid still looks like a top 5 center in the NBA. Markelle Fultz, the number one pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, may actually get quality minutes this year, as his body seems to be approaching a full recovery. With a backcourt of Fultz, McConnell, and Redick, they can add on additional threats for the 76ers to tag along with Simmons and Embiid.

Carmelo Anthony has taken his talents to the great city of Houston, Texas. It’s a smart move for him now that he has other scoring talents on his side, but it still may not be enough to defeat Golden State. The Rockets’ roster looks dangerous to the Western Conference, but will the players live up to their names and bring a conference championship back to Houston? With a backcourt of Chris Paul, James Harden, PJ Tucker, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Michael Carter-Williams to match with a front court of Clint Capela, Carmelo Anthony and Nene, their depth could be strong enough to topple Mount Rushmore of the Warriors.

After 17 seasons, Richard Jefferson has finally decided to end his NBA career. Jefferson won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. ‘Wade County’ will soon be coming to a close, as Dwyane Wade announced his retirement at the end of this season. The three-time NBA champion and Finals MVP has held the throne of Miami for over 15 years. Despite leaving for a couple years to go to Chicago and Cleveland, his NBA home has always been in South Beach.



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