A lot of new people/returning old people are watching the NBA this year. Which is undeniably a good thing—there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon, tell your friends.
Yesterday I called Pat just to rave about how fun the Phoenix-Golden State game was. Basketball people always overstate the importance of one game, but that was a big win for Phoenix. Shaq Deezy was completely ineffective, but they didn’t need him. Diaw gave some good minutes, and Amare completely abused the Golden State interior defense. You could put Charles Barkley back on the Suns tomorrow and he could eviscerate the Golden State interior defense. If an opponent gets inside the three point line, Golden State should immediately foul.
That being said, Monta and Baron are a really exciting one-two punch, and I can’t wait to see them in the playoffs. Nash is a huge defensive liability at this point (and at every point I can remember in his NBA career.)
My MVP top five:
2. Chris Paul
3. Kobe (I buy Simmons’ point that MVPs don’t piss away an eighth/a tenth of the season while sulking about management)
5. Rasheed! That’s right, try to challenge that pick.
Allow me to do an impression of every Bostonian during my first five years here:
Wait, we have an NBA team? I don’t even like the NBA. When is spring training?
Right now Utah is battling the Cs in Boston, up nine with three minutes left. But you have to give KG a ton of credit—he has completely re-energized this basketball city. The crowd is intense and they’ve been going nuts all night. Glad to have the Celtics back in the NBA. I guess.