Just a year ago, we thought the NBA would never resolve that grueling quarrel between owners and players, which was mostly about salaries and other such trivial details. Albeit in abbreviated form, the league did resume in January. By the end of the Finals in June, it had proven that good things do come to those who wait when the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.
”The passing of the torch,” “The changing of the guard,” were what people called what had been the most exciting Finals matchup in years—having just featured two young teams that are bound to be powerhouses in the years to come. A brewing rivalry had been born, and we were treated to a fantastic ending to a season that almost never happened.
Tomorrow, October 31, it all starts again as the 2012-2013 NBA Season begins. And with a new NBA season, comes a new set of questions. Who’s going to win it all? Who’s going to probably stay a loser? Is it the Bobcats? Yes, it’s the Bobcats! Is Javale Mcgee alright in the head? These and other questions answered, right here, right now!
1) Will the Heat repeat?
Anything other than a repeat championship and the Heat would have failed this season. We know that. Most importantly, they know that. Bosh, Lebron and Wade know that. The defending champs have no problems in the motivation department, and have even added extra weapons in Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Lebron, who has shown marked improvement in the low post, has been busy working on his skyhook to expand his arsenal. Say all that you want, but here’s what the Heat’s season boils down to: the trophy is theirs to lose.