Enemies-turned-friends during the exhibition game have reverted to being on-court rivals, while the injury bug has claimed another superstar (Get well soon, Jimmy Butler). And although collegiate basketball made bigger news over the past few days, that didn't mean the big league hasn't give the fans must-watch matchups.
Here are the biggest headlines surrounding the NBA recently, as seen through the players' fresh pairs:
Damian Lillard - adidas Dame 4 'Rip City'
Did you know Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns is averaging 32.3 points per game since returning from the All-Star break? Lillard is one of the reasons the new Three-Point King isn't getting enough credit, especially after the Portland Trail Blazers superstar dropped 40 on the latter's team, including the game-winning shot.
James Harden - adidas Harden Vol. 2
Only The Beard, Chris Paul, and coach Mike D'Antoni's heavy artillery can make the number 13 lucky. The Houston Rockets have the longest active winning streak, thanks to the nightly offensive clinic, CP3's perfect addition, but more importantly, another MVP season for Harden. Just give him the trophy already.
Dwyane Wade - Li-Ning Way of Wade 6
It took him a mere six games before defeating Father Time in a Miami Heat uniform and re-establishing Wade County. Wade, who had 27 points and scored 15 of the Heat's last 17, may have been inspired by that Parkland victim who was buried in his jersey. Cherish these types of performances from Flash, who is reportedly mulling retirement.
Anthony Davis - Nike Air Max Dominate
The New Orleans Pelicans were expected to fall out of playoff contention after DeMarcus Cousins was declared done for the season. Instead, the remaining basketball Bash Brother has been destroying worlds, averaging an ungodly 41.5 points in his during their six-game winning streak, and leading the Pels to the sixth spot in the packed West.
LeBron James - Nike LeBron 15
The debate over NBA's greatest of all time is one that might not be answered until The King calls it quits. Most of the basketball-loving population won't put James ahead of Michael Jordan based on the number of rings, but at least the former has the distinction of being the only player in league history to record 30K points, 8K rebounds, and 8K assists.