We continue from yesterday's segment of build up for this upcoming NBA season. Everything from retirement, to trades over the Summer leaves everyone on the edge of there seat for the official start of the 2016-2017 season. With the dynamic trades that have taken place it's really interesting who will reach the finals this year.
Over the Summer fans from around the league had to come to grips with Tim "The Big Fundamental" Duncan not ever wearing a jersey on the court again. This off season been a busy one for the Spurs as they had to deal with there core possibly retiring. Ginobli who's productivity has steadily declined over the years has confirmed that he would be back for yet another season. The selfless Spurs has continued a perfect rotation system balancing the older players along with acquiring top caliber prize pieces over the past two seasons. The 2014 Final's MVP "Kawhi Leonard" is the treasure piece that Coach Pop is looking to build around. With the latest addition of LeMarcus Aldridge, and, The Spurs are looking to clash head on with the likes of the Golden State Warriors.
The Introduction Of The Super Knicks
It has been some heartbreaking decades for Knick fans since the departure of Patrick Ewing in the late 90's. Nothing has quite panned out for the Madison Square Garden since then. A couple of years ago the high powered offense of Carmelo Anthony looked to change the grim reality The Big Apple grew accustomed to. However, within two seasons it became clear that it there was still missing pieces to the puzzle. Even with the change in management to the legendary Phil Jackson, the Knicks have constantly found themselves on the short end of the spectrum. Now with the addition of Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, and Derrick Rose, the Knicks looks to contend in the East once again. We all wait expecting for it to be a positive season for the Knicks.
Pacers On The Go
The legendary Pacer's have always been a anchor in the eastern conference. A talented team lead by the premiere guard, Paul George were on the upside meeting "The Big Three" Heat era in several conference finals. After there short run, the team was separated leaving behind a lone star fending to keep the repetition of the Pacers alive. With the help of the Legend "Larry Bird", in the offseason, the Pacers added plenty of fire power to it's starting line up. The new edition includes the likes of: Thaddeus Young, Al Jefferson, Jeff Teague. With "The Bulls" rebuilding, and Cleveland looking to maintain leverage in the East, it's sure to be an interesting race for the crown.
Kobe's retirement hit us hard. For years one of the most dominating players we've seen since Jordan walked away at the end of the 2016 regular season. The legendary player gave us his all night in and night out despite fighting through injuries and old age. With "The Black Mamba" gone, we have another set of Superstars entering the league fighting for the prized mantle to be the next great one.
One of the dirtiest players in the game formally announced his retirement a few weeks ago. The mental toughness of Kevin Garnett, is one that will always be remembered for years to come. Throughout his career Kevin always made sure to not only bring his A-game, but also vowed to mentor young players coming into the league. For years the beloved Garnett was the heart and soul of any team that he played on. Being one of the last players from the 90's to have play through the 2015-2016 season, Kevin leaves behind nothing less than superb stats and memories.
Ray Allen to make a return?
For the last two seasons, we have seen some of the most talented shooters hit the floor in Golden State. With Stephen Curry easily manhandling defenders on the wing it's presents a questionable future for the 3 point record Ray Allen currently holds. Many team will need to be able to beat Gold State at there own game if they look to survive throughout the season. Someone with the abilities of Ray Allen is sure enough reason for the Mr. Shuttlesworth to appear on the court once again. With rumors circulating for the past two seasons, we can only hope that the Huskies product make his way back to where he belongs.