Those Kia commercials are time consuming
Blake Griffin is arguably the most marketable player in the NBA not named LeBron James. Kia, Subway, Jordan Brand and other colossal companies all help young Ginger Gawd pay his bills, but he looked like he spent too much time on set and not enough time in the gym this offseason. There’s only so long NBA players can play off of athleticism alone and while he’s still in that high flying prime, the Clippers aren’t true contenders until he’s a legit threat to take over a game. Not just make momentum shifting, YouTube crashing dunks but really exploit an opponent on offense and defense. There hans’t been an elite level power forward with his build since Karl Malone and just like the Mailman, he’s now paired with a Hall of Fame level point guard. If Griffin doesn’t show improvements soon, it’s likely he’ll have something else in common with Malone: a ringless career.
The Lakers don’t suck!
Hate to say I told you so, but the Los Angeles Lakers showed exactly why they won’t suck this season. People forget that Pau Gasol is one of the best post players in the NBA and carried a bum-ass Memphis team to the playoffs before going to Kobeville. The Laker bench scored 76 points last night, better than the 69 points scored by the Clippers starters. That won’t happen every night, but it proves that the Lakers have enough talent to shoulder some of the scoring load, something we couldn’t say last season.
Who the Hell is Xavier Henry?
I’ll be honest, I’ve thought Xavier Henry was overrated since he was high school. In the class of 2009, he was considered better than players like Lance Stephenson, Eric Bledsoe and current teammate Ryan Kelly. The last one might not be such a stretch, but never did I think he’d be the story of NBA opening night and here we are. Henry scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and shot 8-for-13 from the floor. I’m sure every Laker fan’s hoping his year is Jeremy Lin-like.
What should his catchphrase be? X-sanity? Xav-believable? Hen-Ry-Diculous? Aight, we’ll work on that, but the kid can play.
Derrick Rose is Rusty
Those preseason numbers had D.Rose looking like he never left, but once he ran into the King of Miami & Co., Rose slowed up real quick. Rose finished the game with 12 points, four assists and five turnovers. Compare that to Miami heat point guard Mario Chalmers’ 13 points, four assists, five steals and three turnovers. Chalmers actually outplayed the only man to stop his boss’s (whoops. I mean teammate) LeBron James string of MVP’s the last five seasons. We’ll give Derrick benefit of the doubt considering he’s been gone a whole season, but he should probably stop talking so much about how much he’s improved athletically and game wise until his stats back it up.
LeBron is still LeBron
Another night, another game, another debate about which was better: LeBron’s stat line of 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds on a win or Tony Stark inspired LeBron 11’s that damn near broke sneaker-twitter last night? The Miami Heat have hit that groove that few franchises in any sport ever experience. They know how to win, have fun doing it and trust each other. There are teams that might challenge like the Indiana Pacers, The Brooklyn Nets and the Bulls in the East, or the San Antonio Spurs out west, but basically it’s LeBron’s league now and we’re all witnesses.
Long dunk the King.