Surprise, surprise!!! The Los Angeles Lakers, just a year removed from being proud NBA champs in 2020, and the top pre-season favorite to win the
This year’s season is an extension of last year’s troubled COVID games. The campaign will be decided once again by injuries, and how the COVID pandemic affects the playoffs.
At the start of the season, the LA Lakers were considered the top favorite for this year’s NBA crown. Alas, with a quarter of the season done, the Lakers are languishing in 6th place in the Western Conference, owing to a very mortal 14-13 record. WTF is happening to the almighty Lakers?
All things considered, the season-opening games have demonstrated how complex the league will look in the months ahead. Both faves – the Lakers and the Nets – were shot down right at the starting gates. Other favorites – the Bucks and the Suns – were just as easily ambushed. The season will be a long unpredictable one, with health becoming the biggest factor.
This early, cage fans are already eager to see a clash of titans between the LA Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets. It will be a first time ever for a championship to be as loaded as this. This will be an all-out All-Star selection played in a non-All-Star weekend. What can get better than that? At center stage: Lebron against KD. Then there’s Westbrook meets Harden. Who will the Lakers match-up against Kyrie? Who’s to match-up against the Lakers’ AD?
No one would have imagined how this season – and these playoff games – would go. In a big way, injuries have influenced how the match-ups would shape up. But it is the arrival of young guys who have been in the league barely 6 years and under who are making their presence felt. There’s Doncic, Young, Mitchell, Booker, the Nuggets’ Jokic and Michael Porter Jr, and the Sixers’ Embiid and Ben Simmons. Not to mention the likes of Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Zion Williamson and LaMelo Ball. The assault on the elder citizens in the hardcourt is unfolding right before our eyes. The NBA is getting younger, stronger and more intelligent. The sport itself is evolving. Indeed, the changing of the guards is now at hand.