The NBA will announce the complete schedule of games for the upcoming 2018-19 season on Friday. Today, the league announced the national television schedule for the opening week of the season, Christmas Day games, and three Martin Luther King Jr. Day games on TNT.
On Christmas Day, LeBron James and the Lakers will travel to Oracle Arena to battle the world champion Golden State Warriors. For James, it will be a rematch of the NBA Finals, but for the rest of the Lakers, it will be an opportunity to show the Warriors and the rest of the NBA that they are for real.
While many are looking forward to the Lakers-Warriors, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has some concerns
“My concern here is the Lakers are going to get blown out the building,” Smith said on First Take today.
Listen below as Smith gives his take on Lakers-Warriors on Christmas Day:
So much can happen between now and Christmas Day. Therefore, I’ll let this one play itself out.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in a good spot right now. With the addition of LeBron James, Los Angeles should be able to make some noise in the Western Conference.
While the Lakers may have missed out on Kawhi Leonard(traded to Raptors), for now, they still are a team with decent young talent in Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball. Also, they added veterans Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo to the mix.
Former NBA player Carlos Boozer does believe Los Angeles will need more help to beat the Warriors, but he likes the direction the team is going in.
“I love Kuzma. I think Kuzma is a star. I think he will be a potential All-Star soon,” Boozer recently said. “I like the addition of Rondo; that’s a great pickup for them, but they need more help to beat the Warriors.”
For the Lakers, this is a process. After signing a four-year deal with the team, LeBron James is committed to this organization. It’s almost similar to what happened in James’ first year back in Cleveland. He knew that the team might not win a title right away, but they continued to add, and eventually, they would win a title in Cleveland the following year.
Listen Below as Boozer talks BIG3 & AFFL, Lakers, and LeBron James:
According to ESPN, free agent C DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors agree to a one-year, $5.3 million deal.
Cousins, 27, is still recovering from a torn left Achilles he suffered back in January. The Lakers and Pelicans were reportedly the two teams in talks with Cousins, but now the four-time All-Star is with GSW.
When Cousins gets healthy, the Warriors could have a starting lineup of five players who were All-Stars last season.
The rich just got richer
We all knew once Nick Young won an NBA title that he would have a good time at the victory parade, and guess what? Young is having a lot of fun!
Take a look:
Swaggy is going to enjoy this title for a very long time!!
After another NBA Finals loss, LeBron James has a big summer ahead of him. James is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
All eyes will be on LeBron. The best news for the NBA and everybody else is we will have “The Decision, Part III.”
However, if it were up to former NBA star Antoine Walker, the 33-year-old James should think about retirement.
“If I’m LeBron James, I may think about retirement,” Walker recently said on the SouthSide Heat podcast. “Right now, we’re sitting here scrambling trying to figure out what team he would best fit. It’s not really one team that we actually can say that’s going to really help him get over the hump.”
It’s an interesting thought by Walker, and beating the Golden State Warriors won’t be an easy task. However, LeBron is still playing at a high level in his 15th NBA season. He has proven that he has a lot of basketball left.
I think James could find a team that could get him over the hump. The 76ers would be a good fit with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the possibilities with Markelle Fultz. Also, the 76ers have the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Finally, he gets to stay in the Eastern Conference, which would keep him away from the Warriors until the Finals.
Listen to more of what Walker had to say about LeBron James below. Walker talks LeBron at the 29:11 mark:
For the past few weeks, we have heard many say that LeBron James has surpassed Michael Jordan, but after tonight, that conversation is probably over.
The Warriors completed the sweep on Friday night as they beat Cleveland 108-85 to win their second straight NBA title.
After the game, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley wanted the world to know that James is not better than Jordan.
Take a listen:
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Well, there was much more suspense this year, but in the end, we got Warriors-Cavaliers Part 4. Both the Cavaliers and Warriors had to win Game 7s on the road to make it happen. Cleveland won in Boston 87-79, while the Warriors went into Houston and the beat the Rockets 101-92.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is Thursday at Oracle Arena.
On paper, the Warriors look like the much better team, but the Cavaliers do have LeBron James, so anything is possible.
According to Hall of Famer and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal, the Warriors will beat the Cavaliers for the third time in four years.
Here is what Shaq had to say on Monday night:
The Houston Rockets did something that has not been done in a long time. They went into Oracle Arena and snapped the Warriors’ 16-game home playoff win streak to even up the Western Conference Finals at 2-2. Now, the Rockets head home with an opportunity to go up 3-2 on the Warriors.
ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes that Houston will win on Thursday night!
It is hard for me to believe that any team can beat the Warriors four times in seven games. I think the Warriors can lose Game 5 and still win the series. The Rockets won’t beat the Warriors in Oracle twice, but I could see Golden State winning in Houston one more time(Warriors won Game 1 in Houston). That one more time could be tonight or in Game 7.
Therefore, tonight’s game is a must-win for the Rockets.
Should be a great night in Houston!
The San Antonio Spurs are in trouble. Last night, the Spurs dropped Game 2 to the Warriors 116-101 at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors lead the best of 7 series 2-0. Game 3 is Thursday night in San Antonio.
After the game, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided to have a little fun. Watch what Pop said in the parking lot after Game 2:
Pop just wants to have fun!!