We are approximately two weeks away from the opening of the 2014-2015 NBA regular season. Like other season openers we as fans have high expectations for the particular teams that we are cheering for. Once again LeBron James will be the center of attention in the upcoming season even though he did not win a title last season.
James decided to return to the place where it all started for him which is the City of Cleveland. James along with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will attempt to transform the Cleveland Cavaliers into perennial contenders in the very weak Eastern Conference.
If LeBron had decided to sign with a team in the West such as the Lakers I honestly think that he would have a rough time trying to help them secure at least the 1st or 3rd spot in the conference. The reason why I say that is because of the depth that exists with the top teams in the Western Conference.
There are about four teams in the West that have the potential hold up the O’Brien Trophy in June. The Cavs will most likely be the number one seed in the Eastern Conference but will most likely struggle against the West best teams such as the Spurs or Clippers.
James counterpart Kobe Bryant returns to the court after suffering a nagging injury that kept him out of the entire 2013-2014 regular season. Bryant will try to return the Lakers franchise back to dominance in the highly competitive Western Conference. There will also be some new faces in Laker Land as well.
They decided to part ways with head coach Mike D’Antoni and hire Laker great Byron Scott. Scott is a good head coach however his last stop in Cleveland was a complete disaster. He joined right as LeBron was leaving to join forces with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. He could have made an impact down there but the impatience of Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert grew thin.
If Scott can somehow get Bryant to take those breaks like the reports say he have been doing in training camp then I think the Lakers may have a shot making the playoffs. Bryant is 36 years old, as many of you know father time is undefeated. Bryant may have to take some days off in order to give the Lakers a legitimate chance at becoming a contender in the West.
Last but not least the defending world champions the San Antonio Spurs will defend their title against the league’s elite teams and will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season. This ball club has shown everyone in the league that you do not have to assemble a team loaded with superstars to win a championship.
Their front office has continued to evaluate talent and employ them into Coach Popovich’s system. The Spurs will get every team’s best effort on a nightly basis because they are the defending world champs but I think the Spurs will not have a problem with that. I believe that we are in for a very exciting season.