Kobe drops 45 points on opening night in a home loss to the Houston Rockets, who were led by Tracy McGrady who dropped 30 and Yao Ming who had 25 and 12.
LaMarcus Aldridge showed he might be a good foundation for the future, scoring 27 points last night against Tim Duncan (or whoever the Spurs had covering him).
And how about that game from Carlos Boozer? 32 points, 15 rebounds and zero blocks. Andrei Kirilenko, who was willing to give up the $60 million owed to him to not play for Jerry Sloan, almost finished with a triple double, scoring nine points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists. To make it even better, he also had five blocks.
A solid night in the NBA, which will lead to me expense some random thoughts for the season:
– Memphis is going to be much better than people think and it will have nothing to do with Mike Conley, Jr.
– Indiana may have had a good pre-season, but there is no way they are making the playoffs.
– Golden State will also be on the outside looking in come June.
– Despite his good FIBA Americas Tournament, Carmelo Anthony will not be anywhere near the top of the MVP voting. Look for names like Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Kevin Garnett, Yao Ming, Gilbert Arenas and LeBron James to be in front of him.
– Even though we’ve heard great things about Kenyon Martin’s comeback, he won’t play more than 50 games this year…
– …And neither will Grant Hill.
– Minnesota will NOT be the worst team in the league this year…
– …And neither will Seattle….
– …It’s going to be Clippers.
– Atlanta is going to be much better than they’ve been, but they still aren’t going to make the playoffs.
– People have been sleeping on Toronto because of how much Boston has improved, but the Raptors will finish ahead of at least the Nets this year.
– Milwaukee is going to the playoffs and Michael Redd is going to have a great year.
– Kobe is going to win the scoring title, no matter who he plays for.
– Miami will miss the playoffs again.
– And Washington will be back in the playoffs, but will be much more dangerous because they will have Agent 0, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison all healthy.
– Kevin Durant will lead all rookies in scoring and it will be enough to win Rookie of the Year. Al Horford will finish right behind him.
– Rashard Lewis’ scoring will be up this year, but the team will be completely dependent on Dwight Howard…
– …and the Magic won’t make the playoffs.
– The Eastern Conference playoffs will look like this:
(1) Detroit over (8) New Jersey
(2) Chicago over (7) Milwaukee
(3) Boston over (6) Cleveland
(4) Washington over (5) Toronto
Washington over Detroit
Chicago over Boston
Chicago over Washington
– The Western Conference playoffs will look like this:
(1) San Antonio over (8) New Orleans
(2) Phoenix over (7) Memphis
(6) Denver over (3) Dallas
(4) Houston over (5) Utah
San Antonio over Houston
Phoenix over Denver
San Antonio over Phoenix
– San Antonio repeats as NBA Champions.
– If Eddy Curry is healthy and plays to his abilities, the Knicks will go 30-52 and there will be no repercussions against Isiah Thomas.
– If Eddy Curry is not healthy and is forced to miss the entire season, the Knicks will go 82-0 and will be remembered as the greatest team in the history of the NBA.
– Marc Iavaroni will win Coach of the Year.
– Danny Ainge will win Executive of the Year and thank Kevin McHale in his acceptance press release.
– First Team All-NBA: Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Gilbert Arenas, Steve Nash
– Second Team All-NBA: Yao Ming, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Michael Redd, LeBron James
– Third Team All-NBA: Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade
– Tim Duncan wins his third MVP.