Months of pre-season rumors, drama, and emotion build-up have finally come to a close as the NBA reopened its doors once again for the 2019-20 season. As this year’s edition of professional basketball begins, the game’s most passionate fans can expect a lot of great things to take place – enough great things to make this season the greatest one yet.
A LEBRON-LESS EASTERN CONFERENCE IS AN EXCITING ONE
Gone are the days where people would call the Eastern Conference the lesser half of the NBA. For as long as LeBron’s pre-Laker career has run, the east has been ruled by teams he’s played for. A quick side note: since the Celtics’ championship 10 years ago, it’s a fact that no other eastern team without LeBron James in their roster has won the title.
But with more dangerous teams rising in the east, the so-called lopsided conference has now become a highly competitive one. To name a few: Kawhi in Toronto, Philadelphia’s young guns, and Boston’s monster lineup led by Kyrie are squads that are spearheading the division in overthrowing the west.
More than ever, the east will pack a heavier punch to the league this year – one that’s sure to get fans really excited about. For once in many years, we’re looking at a powerhouse conference that could go the distance in claiming basketball supremacy.
HAVE THE WARRIORS MET NEW CHALLENGERS?
Talking about how the NBA will be great, it’s impossible to not mention the Warriors. Backed by their three titles in the last four years, it’s safe to say they could be the most complete, dominant team in the league.
But what about the Lakers, who have worked endlessly to acquire the best basketball player in the planet? Now on his 16th playing year, LeBron James has taken extra steps to help him keep himself on top of the game. One of those steps is paying close attention to his nutrition.
According to reports, L.A.’s newest ringleader spends a fortune dedicated to looking after his body. That includes an intensely detailed nutrition plan, strength and conditioning, and sticking to his good habits. No wonder why he’s proclaimed The King of basketball.
It’s hard not to consider that L.A.’s bold move didn’t just make them a relevant team again, but also, transformed them into legitimate Anti-Warriors, championship contender as well. A deep dive into their arsenal:
*Really, really impressive.
On paper, the Lakers look like they have a fat chance at competing with the league’s best team. But when it comes down to the line, it will be intriguing to see how the newly built team jives in their first year together.
The Warriors, a team forged by flawless chemistry and unselfishness has showed us many times how the game is supposed to be played.
And so to answer the question of whether the Warriors have a legitimate challenger in the west or not, they do. Will they overcome said challenge? Very likely. But as the NBA goes on and teams make adjustments, fans could expect to see a big change in things.
Other notable Warriors challengers in the west: Houston.
WHO WILL BE THE WINNERS OF THIS SEASON?
It’s hard to say at this point. But for now, in the early days of this great NBA season, the fans are the winners. They’re winners for being able to learn a lot from some of the best players in the world. Proper nutrition, attention to detail in skills, passion, and hard work are only some of the things they ought to take away from this season. All brought to them by the world’s biggest hoop league – the NBA. Welcome back, basketball.
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