With NBA training camp officially underway and the inauguration of the 2014-2015 season less than one month away, there are plenty of things to look forward to this season as we break our offseason fast. The end of last season was filled with dramatic storylines that dominated sports headlines for all of May and June.
Of course, we cannot forget the audiotapes of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling’s racial comments to his girlfriend, secretary, or mistress, were egregious, yet not surprising considering Sterling’s history of racial prejudices and discriminatory actions. Sadly, Sterling’s comments stole the thunder of the NBA playoffs and his legal case soon became headline news, instead of his own team advancing to the second round of the playoffs. With Doc Rivers threatening to quit if Donald Sterling was still the owner and the players about to boycott one of their playoff games, there was more drama off the court than on it. The eventual outcome ended with Commissioner Adam Silver enforcing a lifetime ban on Donald Sterling from any NBA activities, including his own team’s games, with Sterling being forced to sell the franchise for $2 billion, which ushered in the dawn of a new era with the Clippers franchise.
This is just one of the things that caused Twitter to blow up last season and there will be plenty of more storylines that we can look forward to for this up and coming season. Players have been traded, coaches are coaching for the first time, and there are a plethora of high-flying rookies this season that will put the future of the NBA in very good hands. Here are the top-10 potential storylines that are already half-baked for the 2014-2015 NBA season and that we as storied fans can look forward to.
15 The Potential Retirement of Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett
14 Who Will Be Rookie of the Year?
13 Can Anthony Davis Enter the MVP Conversation?
12 How Will the Pacers Score This Year?
11 Who Will be the Cinderella Team This Year?
10 Will the Young Wolves Make Noise?
9 Can Steve Kerr Coach?
8 Can Steve Ballmer Re-Energize the LA Clippers?
7 Will the Oklahoma City Thunder Finally Win?
6 Can Phil Jackson Change the Culture in New York?
5 Will Derrick Rose be a MVP Player Ever Again?
4 Can the San Antonio Spurs Repeat?
3 How Will the Miami Heat Look Sans LeBron?
2 How Will Kobe Bryant Look?
1 Can LeBron James Bring Cleveland a Ring This Year?
Most franchises cannot win a championship when there is too much change that is happening over the course of one year. In one offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten a new coach and two new superstars that will demand the ball. Usually, it takes one to two seasons to build any sense of continuity, but LeBron is the exception to every rule. Additionally, it is not as though LeBron is new to the Cavaliers. Cleveland is where he grew up and he played for the Cavaliers prior to joining the Heat. This is his team and they should rightfully be looked at as the best team in the East.
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