Even for hoops addicts, watching NBA preseason games presents a challenge.
The baseball playoffs are under way, the college football and NFL seasons are in full swing, and there is this small matter of a presidential election.
There is no subscription package for the preseason. League Pass takes a pass until the regular season starts later this month. So the only way you can watch games right now is on NBA TV, which isn’t part of the basic package of a number of cable systems, or on your team’s cable network, if it decides to televise the game.
And if you are fortunate enough to find a preseason game on TV, it looks like the NBA on ‘shrooms. The games are in hoops hotbeds such as Winnipeg, Fresno and North Charleston. Superstars are in suits, scrubs are starting, substitutions are seat of the pants and players are drawing up last-second plays, as Tony Parker did for French compatriot Nando de Colo on Wednesday.
But that isn’t all that’s going on. If you look closely, players, coaches and teams are tipping their hands just a little bit. Because it’s the preseason, it may be nothing. Then again, it may be something.
Here’s some of what’s been going on.
1. Those projected 70 wins for the Lakers may be a stretch