I wrote this Wednesday night but am just now posting it.
I am breaking from blogging about Frankenstorm today. It appears the subways will be out for several more days. The kids in my neighborhood don’t seem to mind. It’s Halloween. They’re going in every deli, pizzeria, and laundromat demanding candy, dressed as superheroes, princesses, and a S.W.A.T. team member. Who dresses their kid as a S.W.A.T. team member? When I walked past him, he was busy “raiding” the laundromat, presumably for all of its laundered clothing articles and quarters.
Today is Day 2 of the NBA season. The day’s big news, at least in New York City, is Thursday’s season opener between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets is postponed in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. That makes sense, considering how arduous it is to travel from borough to borough.
Here are more thoughts for the upcoming NBA season:
- I watched two of my least favorite teams – the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers – experience different results Tuesday. The Heat won, the Lakers lost. I hate how basketball analysts are preordaining these two teams will play in the NBA Finals. If that happens, it will be the ultimate overdog finals. I need an underdog to embrace, even if that underdog is an overdog in underdog’s clothing (i.e., Oklahoma City, Dallas, etc.).
- Teams I am rooting for in 2012-13: New Orleans, Hometown team debuts the ‘Brow; Portland, Didn’t care for the Blazers when I lived in Portland, but now I am smitten; Golden State, Stephen Curry is my favorite player on NBA2K13 but can he stay healthy in real life?; Dallas, Despite playing without Nowitzki and Kaman, they looked super deep in last night’s win over L.A.; Brooklyn, Nets tix cheaper than Knicks tix, and I feel obligated to root for a NYC team; Oklahoma City, Love Durant and they have to overcome loss of Harden.
- Teams I am rooting against in 2012-13: Miami, I respect them but truth is I enjoy watching LeBron and Co. lose; Los Angeles Lakers, The franchise for front-running fans everywhere.
- My favorite NBA2K13 team is Golden State. Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson are deadly from 3-point range, center Andrew Bogut is healthy, and they are surprisingly stingy on defense. I also like the New York Knicks. ‘Melo is ridiculous. He’s good enough to beat the Lakers, Heat, or any of the game’s other powers. I doubt the Knicks do any comparable damage in real life.
- The player I am most interested in this season is Hornets rookie Anthony Davis. His defense, I am almost certain, will translate to the NBA. Will his offense be more than putbacks and dunks? If it is, he could average between 16 and 18 points per game. It won’t be enough to keep the Hornets out of the lottery – not without injured shooting guard Eric Gordon in the lineup, at least. The Hornets should be interesting though. (NOTE: Davis debuted with 21 points and seven boards in a 99-95 loss to San Antonio.)