Its awards season again, that magical time where individuals are rewarded for spectacular or surprising seasons just before the sun sets on the regular season and teams are rewarded with what really matters: playoff opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »
1. Los Angeles Lakers: The Champ is sure that the Lakers are glad that Pau Gasol’s injury hasn’t kept him out until Christmas. Sure the Suns have more road wins, but a 19 point rout by the Lakers earns them the top spot this week, again. A good early home schedule and wins against teams like the pathetic Nets leave LA looking good early.
2. Phoenix Suns: The Pacific Division certainly looks good this year. First team to 14 wins? Impressive. With Steve Nash dishing out double digit assist nights and the team scoring in triple figures, the Suns are winning ball games.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Lights out shooting against the Top-10 Dallas Mavericks cancels out the ugly loss despite a late comeback against the Charlotte Bobcats. Undefeated when the team scores 100, the Cavaliers are slowly clicking.
Houston enters the 2009-10 season as a team without enough meat in the middle. A potentially career-ending leg injury to big human Yao Ming forced the Rockets to throw in the towel against the Lakers in the 2009 playoffs. The hairline fracture, discovered after game three against the Lakers, devastated the Rockets. Houston gave L.A. its toughest competition in the Western Conference playoffs, but this year the Rockets will likely be an afterthought.
Most teams around the Association have enacted the same process for going about building a team that has a great chance of winning games. They use the same basic outline and then add a few spices to the mix in order to attain the ultimate glory.
The Rockets are a team that defies most explanations. Their chemistry should not exist with T-Mac, Yao, Battier, and Artest who are all very different players with very different ways of playing the game. The only way to fully explicate the eccentricities of each of the players is to compare them to countries and/or nations around the world.