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2014-2015 NBA Preview – Eastern Conference

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2014-2015 NBA Preview - Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can run this team out of the gym and all the way to the top of the Eastern Conference in a Atlantic division that is shallower than the edge of the ocean. With these two one things for sure, NBA basketball won’t run from Canada.

Brooklyn Nets
Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Jason Kidd may be gone, but Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are still here. Jarret Jack is a nice addition to the bench too like Andrei Kirlienko. Sure B.K. is depleted but so is the East.

New York Knicks
What a difference a Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher make. Especially when these Laker legends come with a re-upped Carmelo not joining Kobe. Still living and dying by a core of Stoudemire and J.R. Smith the core of the Big Apple needs more bite before its rotten.

Philadelphia 76ers
If Joel Embiid can be the new Mutombo in Philly and as big a rookie as Michael Carter-Williams was these Philadelphia stake holders may have a chance at breaking more than bells.

Boston Celtics
How far can the best Point Guard in the league Rajon Rondo take the most successful and storied franchise of all time? Especially, if he himself ends up far away. It could be all on the broad gym shoulders of a Smart young rookie changing the guard.

Central Division

Cleveland Cavaliers
In Ohio the land is rich again with the return of the King. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and now Kevin Love is an Ultron Voltron big-three in this age of Avengers. They are also thinking of there first trilogy so ‘Bron can match Kobe and Mike’s three-peats. But how much will unloading number one Canadian draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett hurt their future?

Chicago Bulls
Still the thorn in LeBron’s lion paw is Rose and his rejuvenated Bulls. So long as Derrick doesn’t wilt under the pressure of another injury, his matchup nightmare in the preseason could beat the ‘Bron beast and the rest of the East. Especially with a frontcourt fueled by the passion of Defensive Player Of The Year Joakim Noah and the betrayed fire of former Laker Pau Gasol. A man who brings Larry O’Brien along with him in his trades. The city of Chicago needs this.

Indiana Pacers
After hitting the skids on their stellar season the ‘Indy 5.00′ has been run off the road with the loss of sixth man Lance Stephenson to free agency and superstar Paul George to a horrific injury. Roy Hibbert, George Hill and David West can still take them far, but sometimes what looks good on paper is just screwed up (see Bynum; Andrew). Here’s betting they wish Danny Granger’s jersey wasn’t now on the discount rack.

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Detroit Pistons
Caron Butler was a nice addition to the Palace, but he would have found a better, hard-working and bruising home in Auburn Hills back in the Bad Boy age. The future is Drummond and Jennings, but they need a few more pieces before everyone stops being so puzzled. Motor City needs a new engine to drive these Pistons.

Milwaukee Bucks
Welcome to the future of the NBA, Jabari Parker. Right now in NBA purgatory in Wisconsin with former high draft pick stud O.J. Mayo. Give them one more guy to garnish the salad colour jerseys and it could all be like Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell again.

Southeast

Washington Wizards
Paul Pierce was an incredible Nene, Andre Miller, Drew Gooden like big name to add to this rich roster, but do you want the truth? It’s the backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall who are going to run this D.C. capital right through the East like an Obama motorcade.

Miami Heat
I wont say it. Besides Dwyane Wade’s franchise still has him and Chris Bosh along with Miami mainstays like Haslem and the Birdman. If that wasn’t enough Luol Deng, Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts are a big three addition. Yeah I’m going to go there. Life without LeBron will suck but not as much as people think. There’s still talents in South Beach. There I said it.

Atlanta Hawks
This franchise used to be a yearly frustration, now they are a regular playoff mainstay. Especially with big players like Horford, Milisap and Teague and the size of Elton Brand and threes of Kyle Korver on reserve. Still they seem to have lost some energy and enthusiasm ever since Josh Smith hustled his dunking play off the block.

Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are back. Forget a Pelican or Bobcat that Larry Johnson throwback is even more relevant now. But right now the franchise that wishes Michael Jordan could step down from the front office like a Washington Wizard and play, would settle for someone’s Grandmama playing here. Still big addition Lance Stephenson is nice addition to the Kemba Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist formula of success. Don’t be divided it’ll multiply in a few years.

Orlando Magic
The Magic Kingdom has been in need of some Disney Fantasia magic ever since Dwight Howard, superman flew to the Rockets of Houston by way of the Man Of Steel Shaq’s former franchise. At least Victor Oladipo has some help in a Point Guard called Payton. No not Gary, but Elfrid, a rookie ready to fit like a glove and take the Mickey Mouse reigns.

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Boogie’s Productions Down Again

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Boogie's Productions Down Again

Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.

We refuse.

When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.

What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.

But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.

Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.

This games God’s people.

When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.

Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.

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And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.

The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.

Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.

Yeah right…”soft”!

Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.

The bridge is far from over.

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New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition

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Starsky & Clutch...

Philadelphia soul on ice.

Ever since Nike partnered up with the NBA like ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ there has been a fast and furious release of rock solid jerseys for the hardwood over the last couple of seasons. From the Association, to the Icon’s and Statement’s made. Last year the ‘Just Do It’ swoosh even helped Basketball’s best put on a vest for the City. Adding even more to the closet collection when it came to some alternates for the teams that made the postseason push to the playoffs.

But now if you thought fo, fo, four jerseys that have at least one changing by the year was enough for your locker room or throwback budget, then just you wait. Because all these fits and drips may be iconic, but Nike are about to release an addition that really is Classic for the five man team. Over the next calendar the Classic Edition jerseys will belong to only 12 franchises in this 30 strong league. Less than half for the next year that we hope includes some storied Lakers and Celtics duds.

But what better team to introduce this new tradition than the one with more classic throwbacks than Mitchell and Ness in the Philadelphia 76ers? The City of Brotherly Love may have lost Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick this offseason, but they’ve gained even more threads for new team player Al Horford and mainstays Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to rock with the rock as they push it down court next season.

Open your arms to that.

Joel Embiid New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition
Joel Embiid New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition

The classic PHILA Philadelphia jerseys have already been brought back with a next generation twist. Whilst the 76ers seem to be the only team who could still put up those Christmas script jerseys long after other teams have gone in the New Year sales. But with the only court apparel competition being what looks in the mirror as they try these on, the Sixers have out done and stitched themselves yet again. Bringing back like 1971, Hal Greer and ‘The Kangaroo Kid’, Billy Cunningham, the iconic and creative “Seventies Sixers” jerseys. A jumping, forgotten retro relic and slept on classic until now.

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Waking up the league, back to the future in a Ford Mustang the Motown era of a classic Bad Boy, Detroit Pistons would be proud…or jealous of (inch or mile, you should have got there sooner Motor City men), Embiid and Simmons in a slick photoshoot sharing an ‘S’ on the chest popped the hood and revealed all the intricate workings underneath, bringing this classic back on the road like Hall & Oates.

Hold on we’re going home.

Before the process. Before the answer. Even before “fo, fo, fo”, Cunningham and the Sixers represented Philly like steak and cheese. The 1970’s where a defining era for the city. Philadelphia soul made its mark from stereos to nightspots and some young fighter named ‘Rocky’ went the distance with some kid called Creed as some man going by the name Sly Stallone wrote a classic movie. Oh and Questlove of the legendary Roots crew was born. Along with another Philly legend you might also be familiar with.

Allen Iverson.

With this thrift shop like find that celebrates the spirit and legacy of a city that reinvents itself more times than it does it’s wardrobe, this is the perfect “new” look for a team that could take inspiration from their past when it comes to their latest reinvention on court. Playing on without the services of their Butler, or top downtown gunner J.J.

And after all they’ve loved and lost over the years, even if you don’t trust it you can always try on the process now.

And its a look that could fit over seventy games this season.

Now that has the makings of a classic.

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