It’s summer 16, and I’m on a flight from Minneapolis to Boston after a trip to see some baseball. The pilot announces to the cabin that we are going to land shortly in what could be the future home of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
Zach LaVine has been on a tear through the Bulls’ first 14 games. He’s emerging as an elite scorer in the league and he used to be considered some guy who can jump really high and dunk really well. I don’t think anyone saw him scoring 27 points per game at any point in his career, and in his fourth season he’s been going hard.
The 76ers just shocked the basketball world by acquiring the disgruntled Jimmy Butler from the T-Wolves. This trade intrigues me for a few reasons.
The Pelicans have started the season 4-4, but they could easily be 7-1. They’ve lost to the Trailblazers, the Nuggets, and the Jazz all without their best player in Anthony Davis. The Brow played 41 minutes in the loss to Golden State, but he didn’t play in their other 3 losses. Their front court is absolutely stacked. Ever since Nikola Mirotic shaved his face bush he’s been incredible, and Julius Randle looks like a much better fit in NoLa than La La Land. Not to mention their back court is studded with Elfrid Payton and Jrue Holiday with Tim Frazier coming off the bench. Everyone has been producing without Davis, but when he’s in the starting five they are damn near unstoppable. If you think the Pelicans suck, then watch a fuckin game and stop depending on going on the ESPN app once in a while to get your facts. They looked stellar last night against Portland despite a double digit loss. Count them in to a top playoff seed in the West and expect them to be favored in almost every matchup they play when they’re fully loaded and ready to grind.
An 0-6 start for the Cleveland Cavaliers seems like enough to fire Tyronn Lue, right? The Cavs are loaded top to bottom with prime NBA talent so it can’t possibly be the players’ fault. Isn’t Kevin Love a top shooter/rebounder in the league? Isn’t he a stone cold killer and exceptional leader? And he’s got knockdown shooters like Kyle Korver and JR Smith by his side. Not to mention all the talent that was traded from LA. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance JR are basically the deadliest duo since Stockton and Malone. Right? There’s no possible way this 0-6 start isn’t Coach Lue’s fault. He should be ashamed of himself for not being able to successfully coach this band of unstoppable talent. Great move by the Cavs, this should fix all of the problems that they’ve had so far.
I’ve been a big fan of the Nuggets since Nikola Jokic came into the league. I still have love for Colorado sports since I was born there, besides the Peyton-Era Broncos. The Joker had a near perfect game last night, recording 35 points, 12 boards, 11 dimes, and a perfect 11-11 from the field and 3-3 from deep. It was against the bumfuck Suns, so haters will say it was a fluke. But the next night, they defeat the Warriors to start 3-0 and atop the stacked West. Gary Harris scored 28 to lead his team and Juancho Hernangomez swatted the shit out of some Warriors bum I’ve never heard of to seal the deal. The Joker played well again and has been a top 3 center so far. If he keeps this up, it’s safe to say he’s the best center in the game. Steph Curry poured in 30 points but Golden State could not have beat Stevie Wonder in a 3 point shooting contest. They shot 7-29 from deep, and the recurring theme that they can’t win without the 3 ball continues to be accurate. The Nuggets shot 6-32, which is worse, but their incredible offense can get the job done in other ways. If the Nugs keep it up, lock them in as a top 3 seed in the West. Well done Denver.
I mean when you can watch the Red Sox just obliterate the Astros, and in the same night can see the Celtics sexually assault the 76ers on live TV, it’s just a great time to be alive. The Sox look really good, and they’ve got the win in 5. The Celtics are technically undefeated right now and there isn’t a single human on earth who can argue that point. The Bruins have literally only lost 1 game so far this season. And the Patriots just beat one of the best teams in the NFL Sunday night. Here’s a bold take for you: Were going to win it all this year. Everything. The super bowl. The Stanley Cup. The NBA Championship. And the World Fucking Series. Boston sports is coming for every other sorry excuse for a team’s throats. Because we are superior and dominant in every single damn way