The NBA is back on court. In a world where you must get vaccinated to be able to play and travel in certain towns with your teammates, in a world where everyone is responsible for their acts and must assume them (yes Uncle Drew), the orange ball made its return in the middle of the week with, as usual, a lot of moves and new faces in most of the franchises.
From old and All-Star players from the LA Lakers to the new good-looking appearance of the Chicago Bulls, everyone is ready to compete and be a legitimate candidate to the Larry O’Brien trophy, following the second coronation in history of the Milwaukee Bucks led By Giannis Antetokounmpo.
If the Greek Nigerian power forward was a bit annoyed after the heavy defeat in Miami last Friday (137-95 for the Heat), his colleagues redeemed last night by beating up the Spurs in Texas (121-111) with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists from the Greek Freak. This is just a beginning of the season, and no definitive judgment must be taken on the spot, but the fact to start well is doubtlessly the best way to build up an alchemy in one’s team and gain trust for the following games.
This is what the New York Knicks perfectly understood with two victories out of two games, while Philadelphia of Cameroonian center Joel Embiid, still without Ben Simmons, recently lost at home against the Nets (109-114) in front of a crowd that seems to be unwilling to see Simmons wear the Sixers jersey again after what he made and said this summer.
In Los Angeles, things show that you can have LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook in your team and rank fourteenth in the Western Conference with two defeats out of two games. Just a little bit of fun, this is just anecdotic, but hopes in LA are huge after a disappointing last season, and patience will be hard to bear for the fans, especially with such a team on the court.