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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

(E)ye On The Prize

Posted by TADOne



Written by Eboy...


The 2008-09 season promises to be another uber-competitive race to the trophy that may rival last year's Greatest.Regular. Season .Of .All .Time.


Let's start in the East where the Champs sit. The Celtics seem to be poised for another strong run.....but I can't seem to shake the feeling that the Big Three is going to miss the Large Fourth, James Posey, being there to take up the slack and provide the hustle and guile they don't seem to have on that bench roster right now. The rest of the field is wide open.


Cleveland, led by the best player in the league, Lebron James, made a nice move in getting a strong, young, straight shooting PG in Mo Williams that may give him that compliment that he needs to move forward in his career. Will push the Celts once April rolls around.


The Pistons, well they're the Pistons, they'll have a strong regular season, will be maddeningly overconfident at times and advance to the second round with little resistance. I think their string of Conference Finals appearances ends this season though. New coach, no major moves, Kwame Brown.....not a good look for a champions aspirations.


The other possible title chaser from the East is the newly reformed Philadelphia 76ers. Adding Elton Brand is nice. Moving up in the East is really possible...getting past three veteran teams.....not so easy....at least not this season.


The rest of the East........
Orlando/Toronto,-nice, but not nice enough,


Atlanta/Miami/Charlotte-all will be exciting, not really worth a shit come playoff time though


Chicago/Washington/Indiana-team synergy and injuries will be the killers to these three squads


Milwaukee/Jersey/the Knicks-not ready for anything



On to the big bad West. So many strong teams, only one spot to give to the top team.

Let's start at the very top. Let me get the "favorites" out of the way first. No toughness, no true killer that wants it when it matters most(sorry Kobe) and a coach that seems to have lost his magic in the Finals....can only mean one thing.....disappointment for the La La faithful. Their season will be great....they'll run through the first round like world beaters and then meet head on with a couple of squads that won't give a shit about perception.


The Rockets.......interesting to say the least. Health is key.....the push to show the world their better than a first round exit is paramount, but if they run into the Lakers in the second round, the combination of a huge (Yao), talented & unafraid (Scola, sorry Pau) frontcourt and the ability to put either Ron Artest and Shane Battier on a certain Mr. Bryant can be series changing. Dangerous squad.


The Hornets....rough, ready and raw.....like a modern-day Big Daddy Kane. The "buzz" around this squad is going to be huge this season. Remember James Posey and his missing ingredient to the Celts hopes at repeating? Yeah....he's eating etouffee on the regular now. Oh, and the real MVP of last season plays there. Gangsta!


The Spurs.....it's an odd numbered year, which means The Robot has been recalibrated for a title run......I'm not sure if that's going to be enough for this odd number, though. Still a force to be reckoned with and health is key for them too.


The Jazz? Tough, hard nosed, great one/two combo, no nights off playing these dudes. If all things go right...they can be problematic for anyone.


Dallas and Phoenix......good regular season teams.....remolded.....can be either wild cards in the playoff race or quick exits, depending on where the teams jump off from. I'd be more willing to put money on the Suns to play longer into May.


Portland......the dark horse.....full of young cats and dangerous to a fault. Their youth will probably undo their season in the first round.....but not until they put a scare into one of the top teams. The team of the future.


Denver, a ton of offense, little concept of D, team will be fun to watch...not much more and just a step above....


The Clippers, Sacramento and Golden State......not ready to deal with any of the top teams in this conference. Lot's of changes....no threat to win more than 45 games.

T-Wolves, the Grizz & The Thunder-weak, crap and shitty.


So my pick? In the East......I'm going with the Celts.....by the hairs on KG's chinny, chin, chin....it's not going to be easy.


The West.....I see the Hornets outlasting everyone on the brilliance and balance of Chris Paul and once the Finals roll around....the team best served by their strengths will be just a little too strong for the defending champs and a new hero will be born. All hail, CP3!

30 comments:

B. Long said...

"buzz". That was cute. I'd rather roll with Lang's predictions but good effort, E. And I'd just like to announce that I made Noyz for the third straight issue. They used some of the old material that I sent them last issue. Wonder how long I can keep this streak alive.

Hursty said...

How do you keep doing it B? You getting paid?
Kobe will have a nightmare of a time playing Ron AND Shane AND getting to the rack vs. Yao, Landry, Scola, Dorsey. Hope Dikembe comes back later in the season too.

Eboy said...

Hmmmm.....where is everyone else's predictions? I thought we we're grouping it?

TADOne said...

E: Do you know how LONG that ish would have been?? No, i'm giving it to people in doses.

JoeBasketball said...

I agree with the majority of your predictions, especially with the hornets, they're gonna be sick this year. I see a bit more potential in Milwaukee though.

Ryne Nelson said...

No love for the Thunder - the *real* team of the future?!

TADOne said...

Who knew Ryne was a comedian?

Eboy said...

Well, if love means expecting to see a CBA level product from night to night, then maybe I do have a little.....shit I root for the Heat.

BETCATS said...

What should i be more impressed about, that this was a good article or that eboy can write a good article?

Eboy said...

Funny.....I did this in about 10 minutes....Is hould continue with that trend.

Moose said...

My season preview on Hibachi 2.0, y'all!

Anonymous said...

Me no likely Kobe either, but "no killer instinct" is quite the misleading lie.

I like your predictions though.

Eboy said...

Hey, I'm just working off his latest body of work.

B. Long said...

Yeah, hitting a 4pointer at a crucial point in the gold medal game on the world's largest stage doesn't really mean he has a killer instinct. I guess he has to actually commit murder to get that label.

Eboy said...

Well, he has commited a felony......but.....

Eboy said...

Oh, and from what I've heard, the Olympics don't mean shit, so squash that.

B. Long said...

Banging lying sluts is a felony now? Who knew?

Eboy said...

You should read more instead of trying to write witty limericks all the time, B. Just saying. Take that as you'd like and maybe some day I'll forward you a copy of sealed documents I've read. If you're a good boy and all.

TADOne said...

Ooh ooh!!! I wanna see them. Pretty please!

Eboy said...

No, you really don't TAD.....our dislike is strong enough as it is.

Hursty said...

C'mon E. Sure you want to show us the documents. You do. Really.

B. Long said...

I didn't realize E was that whores attorney, it all makes sense now. New shit on Where Basketball B. Longs!

B. Long said...

It's 100% witty limmerick free so you'll enjoy it, E.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are retarded. I can't believe people read this shit more than once.

joeloholic said...

TAD, thank you for your offer. I'm really flattered and I'd love to write a piece for you guys sometime.

Good concise preview, Eboy! Like everyone else right now, I'm really curious to see if a bunch of teams will live up to their promise.

What do you guys think about the Cavs, really? Eastern contenders, or mere pretenders? Now that their new guys have had a training camp to gel, I definitely think they'll improve... but how much? Early in Lebron's career, his Cav teams had no shooters, which led to lots of losses. This team, however, seems to have as its 2nd offensive option an undersized 3 point-shooting backcourt. Nonetheless, this is the deepest Bron-led Cav team, so we'll see I guess?

I actually think the Pistons'll do better than they did last year, due to Flip's absence. His players seemed to have tuned him out barely months into his tenure; the only reason why he was kept on for so long as coach was because of the regular-season success of the team. Curry should have a lot more command and control, and by the looks of how the Pistons've played the last 2 games, they look really good.

TADOne said...

See, this is why I have love for Joel; he is a smart man.

Anytime you have something you want to put down in words, just let me, izzo, E, Cheryl, ot Tariq know. Pretty much anything goes with us.

B. Long said...

Tad, I have a couple of new articles on Where Basketball B Longs that you really need to comment on.

Peter Robert Casey said...

Would love to CP3 and co. take the title, but have a feeling - an unfortunate one - that the Laker's are walking away winners in June.

Eboy said...

**************Addendum to the preview: After today's deal bringing Allen Iverson to the Pistons, Detroit, in my eyes, goes from overrated frontrunner to hungry and extremely exciting squad that will turn heads until the playoffs roll around.

Depending on how they gel, pencil them in one of the Eastern Conference Finals spots.

Regarding the Nuggets, they now have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs (due to a more balanced offensive approach) and more depth in the frontcourt. they won't beat one of the top West squads in a series, but they can be scary for 6 games.

John said...

TADOne is the man! His insight is always on point and thoughtful! Honest is one of the most knowledgeable Pistons fans i know.

Holla!

John W. Davis
www.pistonscast.com