By Ian Jackson
With the roar of the crowd chanting defense, the exclusive box seats, celebrities appearing courtside watching the game, the crazy halftime shows and the unbelievable buzzer-beaters, nothing gets better than that with the when the NBA season starts.
A new season is about to begin and the king is looking to go back on his throne as Lebron James has finally made good on his promise to the world, saying he was going back home to Cleveland. James announced he is going to bring the Cavaliers a NBA title- one which has been 52 years since any Cleveland sports team has won a championship, making for the longest drought between titles in the history of sports.
This season a lot of teams are ready to knock the king off his throne as well such as the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and the defending western conference champions, Golden State Warriors. Roosevelt students chimed in on who was going to win the NBA title this season and why.
Junior history and philosophy major Richard Sullivan said, “I think the Golden State Warriors are going to win because Lebron James is getting old and I do not think he will be able to repeat the same performance he did last year.”
With the some key departures such as Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut, dub nation is still a threat to be reckoned with in the form of their new addition to the team four-time scoring champion and former Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant. With Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and last year’s most valuable player Stephen Curry, all eyes are on this team to win the title this year.
A lot of pressure is on head coach Steve Kerr in adding Kevin to the mix he is in an “win at all cost mentality.” Some are questioning if the players will be able to coexist on the same floor and what will happen when there are a few seconds left on the clock.
“I think the Chicago Bulls may have a shot with Dwyane Wade; it’s a stretch I know, especially with Lebron James still lurking around with the hunger of winning another title,” said MBA graduate Adewale Adeoba, who majors in Information systems and management.
After the departure of Chicago native Derrick Rose to New York, the Bulls are looking to rebuild to make an impact to the eastern conference and boy they ever. They have acquired Rajon Rondo and another Chicago native Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade.
“I would like to say Chicago Bulls, but unfortunately that is unrealistic. I really believe the Boston Celtics could win the title this year with their young talent with a great mix of veterans,” Journalism student Christian Villanueva said.
With the veteran experience of Al Horford and the potential of rising star Isaiah Thomas the Celtics are looking to turn heads in the NBA and make believers see “The Green” hold the title once more.