Gather ye, oh worshippers of cage gods, past and present. The new NBA battles are about to begin. See the gladiators of old as they do battle with the new class of warriors in the arena. Savor the new alliances, watch them as they spill each other’s guts for all to see. And be excited as you watch out for new balling styles for the bold and the creative.
We need to inculcate the team play mindset among our players. Cut the dependence on isolation plays, work on movement without the ball, work on pick-and-roll offensive variations, work on pick-and-roll defense. And cut the superstar mentality where you can’t go back to relearn the basics of the pick-and-roll.
The teams are so competitive, and the playoff match-ups will be crucial. Each team must have a ready foil for the type of weaponry employed by their adversaries. Be it a long-range missile, a fast-firing machine gun, a big battering ram or a small silent bladed weapon up close, the defense must be prepared with an answer.
In order to reach the top, there is a need for not just 2, but 3 or more marquee stars to carry the team. Golden State’s 5-season juggernaut taught us that. Read more about the current combos that will lead the quest for the next season’s NBA title.
The next season promises to be full of excitement, with new storylines and new alliances coming from an outrageously-rich free agent market, from a super-talented draft which produced exciting new faces, and from the evolution of new tactics and techniques that brought in a slew of hybrid players.
Kevin Durant made a heroic performance last night, playing 12 precious minutes, and scoring 11 points in Game 5 of this year’s NBA Finals. Kevin’s