Opening Night: Random speculation from the start of the NBA season

opening night derrick rose

After what seemed like an end­less off­sea­son, It’s finally here – The 2013–14 sea­son.  But open­ing night started with more of a whim­per with only three games sched­uled. And when a Laker team full of castoffs pro­vides the most mem­o­rable game, you know how event­ful the night really was. Still here are some take­aways from the night.

 

1. The Return of Allen Iver­son Der­rick Rose

Is it just me or did the offen­sively starved bulls team remind any­one else of the Six­ers teams of the early 2000s? One offen­sive minded guard sur­rounded by defen­sive minded play­ers who had no prayer of cre­at­ing their own offense when poses­sions broke down? Is Der­rick Rose the new AI? He is elec­tri­fy­ing in the same way. The per­son­al­i­ties may be dif­fer­ent, but on court the com­par­i­son isn’t all that pre­pos­ter­ous. Aren’t the fans root­ing for the same qual­i­ties – heart, a small, explo­sive scor­ing guard entrusted night after night to carry an entire team on his shoul­ders, play­ing a phys­i­cally pun­ish­ing all-or-nothing style?

And speak­ing of Allen Iverson

 

2.  Der­rick Rose got Iverson’d too… by no other than the awe­somely aver­age Nor­ris Cole…

This was then…

 

& this is now, only far more embarrassing…

 

3. Wel­come to the NBA Vic­tor Oladipo

The only hype around Orlando this sea­son (besides the the growth of Tobias Har­ris) was their ROY Can­di­date Vic­tor Oladipo…

& The Pac­ers obvi­ously took note…

 

4. This years Lak­ers may just be a bit bet­ter than expected… till kobe comes back

I have to admit watch­ing the d-league lak­ers + a res­ur­rected Gasol in a fast paced D’Antoni offense was actu­ally quite refresh­ing. They already had expo­nen­tially bet­ter chem­istry than last year’s team and that itself could get them more wins than pre­dicted… but once Kobe comes back as the black gar­den snake (R.I.P. Mamba) , the ball stops, play­ers think twice about shoot­ing, things may head south…

BUT if he buys in, this team could sur­prise some peo­ple… like the 2010 Suns…

 

5. Xavier Henry may finally jus­tify all the hype SLAM gave him in his High School days.

(Xavier Henry pic)

 

More on that in a bit…

 

and finally,

The Quote of the Night cour­tesy Reg­gie Miller

Look­ing at Blake Grif­fin, it looks like he didn’t work on any of his post moves in the off season!!”

Ouch!

Dev Kabir Malik has a clinically alarming dependence on basketball and spends most of his time watching, analyzing, writing and even playing a little pickup (and some 2K too). In the little time he has left, he dabbles with design, art & music.