Andrew Bynum. All Star center for the Philadelphia 76ers. Currently injured. Evidently the victim of a serious crack binge. Now, I’m all for an extravagant haircut or the odd crazy tattoo, but there’s only one man in this world who has the right to look like James Brown. James Brown. Maybe it’s the copious amounts on time on the sidelines, or the simple life out in ol’ Phily. Whatever it is, someone needs to man up and tell big Drew that this looks utterly ridiculous. You wanna make friends when you play for a new team, not scare the shit out of them. Maybe we’re witnessing the first step towards Bynum being one of those estranged NBA players that fades into obscurity after doing something outlandish. Hopefully not, but evidently there’s something going on in the world of Andrew Bynum that none of use are privy to. We’re just reaping the hilarious rewards of a really silly haircut.
Howdy folks! We’re back today with the latest team season preview taking a look at Western Conference favorites the Oklahoma City Thunder, Perennial dark horses the Philadelphia 76ers (or will they be?) and southern giant killers the San Antonio Spurs. Enjoy!
Oklahoma City Thunder
How Will They Do?
Oklahoma City are the NBA’s darlings, rising out of the ashes of the Seattle Sonics. Last year they fulfilled what most predicted – making it to the NBA Finals before being steamrolled by the Heat juggernaut. This season brings another series of high expectations and even more challenges. As the Lakers rebuilt and retooled for another assault on the title the Thunder took stock and made very few changes. Last season was an important moment for this franchise as it gave them the irrational confidence that they can now reach the highest heights. The biggest story line coming out of this camp this season will be can they re-sign James Harden? Currently the team is cash strapped. They hold the contracts of Durant, Westbrook, Perkins and Ibaka in their hands. Harden is the icing on this cake, coming off the bench with confidence, fearless determination and one of the best ball handlers in the league. Harden’s presence cements this team atop the Western Conference, without him there is an air of uncertainty. We really like how the Thunder have built upon their roster and given themselves depth at most positions. Collison & Jones backing up Ibaka & Durant as newest Thunder recruit Thabeet brings size off the bench. Harden, Maynor and Cook act as dynamite off the bench lifting the tempo of the team whenever they are on-court. Sure it’s not the deepest team in the league but it’s one of the most reliable, you know what you will get from your bench. Very similar to Moneyball it’s about working your way to a win any way you can. Coach Brooks knows this, has assembled a squad capable of challenging every team in the league. This team is one of the most explosive and dynamic in the league, a League Pass must every night. There is no doubting they have the talent, if they can just sprinkle in a dash of experience (gained from the 2011/12 Finals & Olympics) this team could destroy the Western Conference. Look for them to pick up 55-65 wins this year.
Every day brings us closer to the new NBA season and we are all waiting with baited breath to see our teams run out on the pine in a few weeks time. During the lead up we’ve been updating you with our 2012/13 preseason team previews! Today, we take a brief look at the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and the two sides in Los Angeles, the Clippers and the Lakers.
With the NBA just around the corner, the team at NBA Nation Australia decided to take a look at who we think are the current 25 Best players in the league. We thought it was going to be easy and that we would all agree, ha! If it was only that simple. After days of discussion and a few little arguments, we have finally managed to put together a list! Am sure some of you will think we have been too generous with some spots, too hard on some players, or just downright crazy!? Check it out and let us know!
Ex-Lakers Center Andrew Bynum has been welcomed by the Philadelphia 76er’s in an open press conference in which he expressed his happiness at being part of the team, and how he is leaning towards signing an extension.
Bynum was traded to the Sixers as part of the blockbuster deal which saw Dwight Howard head to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers.
Well folks, it seems as though the wait is finally over. The source of scrutiny and pain throughout the past 6 months has finally been relieved. Dwight Howard is a Laker. It began this morning with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports! reporting that a deal involving 4 teams was being discussed in order to bring the 3 time DPOY to the Lakers.
This week we are joined by the 6th man for the Basketball Jones and The Score, Leigh Ellis. Leigh has been working closely with journalists in all areas of the NBA for a number of years and his podcast with JE Skeets and Tas Melas as part of the Basketball Jones are amongst the World’s most popular. Thanks again for coming along, Leigh.