In today’s news, the Celtics’ biggest star gave a big stamp of approval for his status with the organization going forward. Meanwhile, across the country, details emerged from Kobe Bryant’s recent trip to Europe.
Two significant things will happen this NBA season: David Stern will step down as commissioner, probably five years too late. And for the first time in 20 years, the 76ers, Celtics and Lakers all will be out of the playoffs.
We know the first to be true. The second is pure conjecture, but it’s more likely than not that three of the top NBA franchises in terms of tradition, history, titles and outsized personalities will be booking trips to ping-pong festivities in May. (At least they have moved them from the dynamited old NBA Entertainment headquarters in Secaucus, N.J. to Times Square, if that is any consolation).
Wait, there’s more. Here are my fearless predictions for the 2013-14 season.
In Elton Brand’s 14 NBA seasons, the two-time All Star has played alongside some of the league’s most respected point guards. From Sam Cassell to pre-injury Shaun Livingston to Andre Miller to Jrue Holiday, Brand has grown accustomed to excellence from his floor generals.
So when Brand signed with Atlanta over the summer and was told to check out the highlight reel for his new teammate, a 19-year-old who had been nicknamed “Baby Rondo,” he was understandably skeptical of the moniker.
“People were like, ‘This kid’s just like a young (Rajon) Rondo,’” Brand said. “And I was like, ‘Come on, guys. You can’t compare him to Rondo just because they both have long arms.’”
However, after two weeks of practicing with the now-20-year-old Dennis Schröder , Brand has been won over:
“I was wrong,” Brand admitted. “I can definitely see where those comparisons come from now. It’s uncanny.”
Ask around the Hawks’ locker room and the consensus is clear: Schröder is not your typical 20-year-old.
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Yes, that’s the sweet smell of fresh NBA news.
It’s finally October and training camp has officially started. The wait is over, so let’s get right to it. Here’s the latest from a big day of NBA news.
We’ll start in Brooklyn, where the Nets are focused on finishing nowhere short of an title.
Like, how long can the Lakers stay afloat without Kobe Bryant?
Is Danny Granger going to come off the bench for the Pacers?
Are the Warriors really a better team without David Lee?
No less than nine current or former All-Stars will start the 2013-14 season with doubt swirling around them because they are coming off a serious injury. They comprise the majority of our list, which we like to call The Disabled Dozen.