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Oct 8, 2014
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After a break that seemed like forever, the NBA is finally back!

The Association is almost back in full swing as the 2014-2015 pre-season games have started a few days ago. It's not yet the real thing, sure, but it's enough to satisfy our hunger for the most elite brand of hoops known to man.


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The pre-season also gives us a glimpse of what to expect when the NBA regular season finally starts on October 29 (Manila time). And because we’re really #sabik, we gathered everything we could find (and watched every game/NBA TV special/Real Training Camp episode) about all the teams just so we could share it to you, our fellow NBA junkies.

Here now is FHM's NBA Preview, a primer that asks then answers the most important questions regarding the upcoming season. And because we're talking 30 teams and hundreds of coaches, players, and team masahistas, we divided this knowledge-sharing exercise into five bite-sized parts. Below is Part 1, where we answer questions like:

  • What does LeBron's Big Three 2.0 looks like?
  • How's Kobe?
  • And will Derrick Rose ever get back to MVP form?

Game ka na?! Scroll down now!


ARE THE CAVALIERS REALLY POISED TO WIN IT ALL THIS SEASON?


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Well, no. On paper, this team can win games based on talent alone. But just like the 2010 version of the Miami Heat, everyone knows, most especially LeBron that it’ll take more than abilities. It’s a blessing to have three of the top ballers in the world (James, Kevin Love, and Anderson Varejao Kyrie Irving), but it can also be a curse if chemistry issues creep in.


WHAT CAN KEVIN LOVE REALLY BRING TO THE TABLE?


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Sick outlet passes. Only Love can dish a swift touchdown pass to a running teammate with so much efficiency and ease, igniting a quick offense that catches opponents off guard. Now that he's in Cleveland, his running backs will be the athletic four-some of Kyrie, James, Dion Waiters, and Tristan Thompson.

We got a taste of it when the Cavs faced the Euroleague champs Maccabi Tel-Aviv the other day:

He also has sick three-point range, and a lagnatin defensive game (read: he's kinda horrible). The Cavs will likely work him harder on the latter—it could be the difference between a championship season and a "We'll get them next season" pronouncement come June 2015.


NEXT: The Black Mamba returns!


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