The 2014-15 National Basketball Association season will be a very interesting one. Between several scandals and several trades, even former players and sports analyses might not be able to predict who could win the NBA Championship as easily as they had in previous years. Some of the trades I have witnessed along with other fans make me wonder if some of the coaches and the owners are desperate for a title, and whether or not some of the players are in touch with reality.
LeBron James is going back to Cleveland…whatever. First of all, the 24-hour coverage on that announcement was annoying, because it cut off the feedback on other world and sports news. The conflict in the Middle East and on the Russia/Ukraine border had started again, and coverage on the World Cup Final was suddenly ignored in the United States. Ironically, this announcement and coverage on all of the ESPN and NBA channels reflected on how seriously the rest of the world takes the World Cup and the sport of football in general. Don’t the citizens in Cleveland have anything better to do than cheer and/or jeer over one player? Yes, he is one of the best players in the league and of all time, but now those fans are eager to purchase another LeBron James jersey because they all burnt their last ones.
This brings up my next point about “King James.” I don’t know what is going on inside his head, but someone needs to tell him that he cannot please everyone. Look at what the Miami fans did to the murals! Seriously, he is returning to Cleveland for only two seasons, and—on top of that—he decides to reclaim the #23 jersey that he used to wear while playing there. These teams do NOT freeze in place when players go elsewhere; and yet, he goes back and forth like it is not big a deal. I have nothing against the city of Cleveland, or LeBron James but—think about it—if the Miami Heat had won this year’s Championship Title, then would he have decided “to return home”?! Think about it. I don’t know what will happen next season, but Cleveland fans better keep in mind that the Cavaliers is NOT a one man team! Yell at the entire team for losing a game and not just LeBron James!
Time to state the obvious: The Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty has ended. Unless the next generation of superstars make it onto that team’s roster, there won’t be any more Championships for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant—for all of his accomplishments as a NBA player—is a whiny little brat who cannot grasp the concept that one, he is getting old; and two, he cannot assume that hiring a coach of his choosing (and one that will listen to his instructions) will guarantee a winning season. The Lakers are no longer the “go to team” it once was, Dwight Howard left after one season. And, let’s face it, Jeremy Lin is not going to help the Lakers win a championship title. He did not help the Knicks nor the Rockets. Sorry Kobe, but at least you have your 5 Championship Rings.
The Knicks have been one erratic team. First of all, does Carmelo Anthony realize that he was the “backup plan” for New York, and he was signed there after negotiations for LeBron James fell through?! Sorry, but he is NOT the player the Knicks need in order to win a championship title. Next, if he keeps hogging the ball and refusing to acknowledge the rest of the team, then the team cannot win the games. Last, all games count! Carmelo Anthony cannot play at his best when the Knicks play against Miami, Chicago, San Antonio, and Indiana. Is he really acting that bratty believing that he’ll be praised for only beating the “better teams”?! If he keeps this up and if the rest of the team does not do anything about it, then the Brooklyn Nets will win a championship before the Knicks.
The only team—as of right now—that I might feel any pity for is the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and the rest of the 2011-12 roster surpassed the expectations placed on them by making it to the NBA Finals. However, they say: “winning while early in the career is not good in the long run.” The team has been able to advance to the Conference Finals this season, but they will not go beyond that round unless the players check their egos and learn to work together as a team once again, they will never win a Championship Title. I believe they still have a chance to win at least one.
The only thing I will say about the Los Angeles Clippers is that a new owner should not affect the way the players play during the season. However, in the long run the decisions this owner makes will either benefit the team or harm the team. Let us hope that Steve Ballmer (if he does “purchase” the Clippers) has more common sense than Donald Sterling.
Those are my current thoughts on the NBA and what may or may not happen next season. On the one hand, these are not related to anything that could happen next season. I won’t be making any predictions of my own until the start of the season. On the other hand, I could be wrong about everything I have stated and the opposite could occur during the upcoming season. The only thing that will most likely happen next year is that the San Antonio Spurs will repeat their previous year. Only time will tell.