NBA fans worldwide have been waiting with anticipation for the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season.
Well wait no more. The season starts Oct. 30 at Miami with the defending champion Heat taking on their rivals the Boston Celtics in a rematch of the conference finals. This meeting is sure to be good by adding more bad blood to the mix. Ray Allen left Boston and took less money to sign with the Heat.
This season is sure to be filled with excitement and twists with teams being able to have a whole offseason to prepare. The lockout last season messed with a lot of teams’ chemistry. With a full season to prepare this season will be a great one.
Rookies Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are expected to have breakout seasons, leading the race for Rookie of the Year.
During the offseason many teams made major moves. Its seems the rich got richer with the Lakers acquiring elite big man Dwight Howard and Steve Nash putting them back in contention for the championship. The Heat signed former Teammates Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen, adding elite shooters.
Philly, Boston, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers acquired some good players. Philly got big man Andrew Bynum in the blockbuster Dwight trade. Boston signed Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and recently Leandro Barbosa. Denver received all-star Andre Iguodala in the blockbuster trade. Clippers signed Grant Hill and ex-Laker Lamar Odum.
Many VSU students are excited for this upcoming season.
“I’m excited to see how all the teams that made major moves this offseason perform and if they can form chemistry quickly, especially Philadelphia”, Michael Johnson, senior health and physical education major and 76ers fans, said. “But in the finals I have the Lakers and the Heat with the Lakers winning it all.”
Quinn Stephens, senior Criminal Justice major added, “I am excited to see all the new changes to different teams and see my Knicks make a run at it!”
Fans should be ready for a season of surprises and disappointment. The last team standing could be someone nobody expects.