The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Season's Greetings

This blog is not political and will stay that way, but if you don't vote, you forfeit your right to complain for the next four years.

Today marks the start of the NBA 2004-2005 season with a whopping three games on the schedule! You have a rising power versus the defending champs (Houston at Detroit), a track meet (Sacramento at Dallas), and a hypefest (Denver at L.A. Lakers). Overall, they aren't bad games to begin the season with, and they were clearly hand-picked for maximum viewership.

As far as the Magic go, I think they'll do well. A lot of people are picking them as a sleeper team, but they really don't fit that mold. Sure they were the worst team in the league last year, but almost no one is left from that, and anyone objectively looking at the roster would tell you it's a good team. After a busy offseason, they are easily the second best in the new Southeast Division (ahead of Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte) and could be the best if Shaq misses significant time for Miami. They essentially traded a 28-points-a-game guy for two 23-points-a-game guys, upgraded the frontcourt, and got a lot of depth in the returns of Grant Hill and Pat Garrity from injury along with drafting Jameer Nelson and overpaying Hedo Turkoglu. I predict around 45 wins for this team, and possibly more, once again depending on how healthy Shaq can stay. If the Heat are forced to play significant time without him as the Lakers sometimes did, it'll be a lot more trouble for Miami than it ever was for L.A.

1 Comments:

  • At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Speaking of things that don't matter, here's my basketball lineup:

    PG - Allen Iverson
    SG - Ray Allen
    G - Brent Barry
    SF - Rashard Lewis
    PF - Donyell Marshall
    F - Brad Miller
    C - Dirk Nowitzki
    C - Mehmet Okur
    Util - Antoine Walker
    Util - Gary Payton
    BN - Eddie Jones
    BN - Latrell Sprewell (greatest name ever)
    BN - Grant Hill
    IL - Glenn Robinson

    We're having a lot of fun in the trombone league... we're pretending it's fantasy hockey.

     

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