After a rough summer school session, I’m back. I’ve been trying to figure out a strategy to make the blog more consistent and have decided to focus strictly on hoops. The world of sports is much too large for one man to cover alone (or at least do it well). I will try to bring a unique look into my thoughts, views, and opinions of the comings and goings of hoops.
The NBA off-season has lulled to the slowest point of the year, with all prominent free agents signed except Nikola Pekovic and all coaching vacancies filled except for the tanking 76ers. Starting tomorrow, I will post my thoughts on all teams off-season moves to this point, some potential breakout players, and how I think the season will play out.
This was a freebie. I am fortunate enough that I did not have to include the high-flying Nuggets in my League Pass 5. I live in the Denver metro area and have been able to watch this high-octane offense every game of the year (quite a few live). The Nuggets are officially over Melo. There is no one that longs for his long isolations and affinity for the one-on-one game. Even if he is the most dynamic player in the league at this aspect of the game. The Nuggets have secured the 3-seed in the Western Conference which is an amazing feat after playing 17 of their first 23 on the road. This had never been done in league history, but George Karl managed to guide this deep roster through that rough stretch. Carl has them poised to dominate and make noise at home all season.
Reasons To Watch
Fast Times at Mile High.
The Nuggets run, run, and run some more. Karl has created an offensive juggernaut that attacks the basket non-stop and looks to run at all times. The Nuggets are second in the league in offensive pace. With one of the youngest rosters in the league (exception see: Andre Miller) and finally acquiring a perimeter defensive stopper, the Nuggets now are able to get stops which lead to exciting run-outs and a high-octane game that truly is entertaining. The Clippers may have claimed lob-city, but no one can deny that Andre Miller throws the prettiest full court oops in the game.
Kenneth Faried is a man. He is an animal. He is the Manimal. It has been a pleasure to watch someone truly just out-hustle his competitors every night. I can only imagine what this guy brings to the practice court. He seems to have a motor that is stuck in 6th gear. He has seen more minutes this season taking on a bigger role in the Nuggets overall scheme, and man has he produced. He is averaging more than 4 rebounds more this season than last in only a few more minutes of playing time. His intensity is a huge reason for the Nuggets outstanding home record. He ignites the Pepsi center with a passion just by never loafing. The kid gets it and wants to be a winner, telling an older JaVale McGee upon arrival from Washington, “We work here,”