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NBA 2018-19 Season Preview: LABron and the Warriors

Why even watch the NBA this season, they said. The Warriors are just going to win it all again, they said. The best player is now in the biggest market chasing the next thing after basketball, they said.  Forget what they said. The outcome could be the same for the next decade and there’s a million reasons to watch this beautiful sport. Here are a few of those reasons why you should tune in this season.

Yeah the disparity in the NBA has got out of proportion with DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins moving to the Bay. Once he starts playing at the beginning of next year, it will be truly fascinating how Steve Kerr will spread the ball around to this team that could compete for Olympic gold medals by themselves. Would anybody be surprised if the Warriors got that coveted three-peat? No. But it isn’t always a given with superstar teams. The Los Angeles Lakers on two occasions with Gary Payton and Karl Malone in 2004 and with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in 2012 made the basketball in LA anything but fun.

The East is worse with LeBron James moving into the Western Conference, but with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics poise a much more legitimate threat to the Warriors dynasty than last season’s east champs did in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Like the Warriors needed any more motivation, now the team has the fuel to win one more championship for the city of Oakland. Next season, the team will move into their shiny new digs at the Chase Center in San Francisco. If you’re only about seeing greatness, this season is for you. For everyone else, Kevin Durant will probably go to the Knicks in a year or two so there’s a glimmer of hope that this dynasty won’t last longer than the Zhou dynasty in ancient China.

It’s officially LABron season and with that we get a new Space Jam movie (Only The Godfather beats the original Space Jam so good luck living up to that) and another misfit cast of characters surrounding James. Signing Lance Stephenson (who’s best talent is blowing in LeBron’s ear) Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Michael Beasley to surround LeBron doesn’t give anybody the sense that they could derail the Warriors or the Houston Rockets for that matter. What those signing are successful in producing is competition for the Lakers young drafted core in Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. Last year, coach Luke Walton stuck with them no matter what mostly out of necessity but it gave them a chance to develop. Now they will get better or they won’t play. Good luck telling Lamar Ball that his son can’t play on the Lakers. This will easily be Walton’s toughest year. Until Paul George, Kawhi Lenonard and Jimmy Butler inevitably join LeBron in showtime.

Speaking of Butler, he might have a difficult time joining any team after yelling at his GM during a practice right before the start of the season. For some reason yelling F-bombs at your boss doesn’t make you lose your job in Minnesota as Butler will be suiting up for the Timberwolves to start the season. One of the biggest story lines early in the season will be how long he lasts.  Joining the Heat, Clippers or Knicks are all possible destinations. But for anybody not in the state of Minnesota, let’s hope he stays in Minneapolis. All those housewives that are real have nothing on this drama.

Prediction time

Toronto is going to be better with Lenonard and they don’t have to face LeBron anymore so they have all but cleared their way to the Eastern Conference Finals. They should meet the Celtics who made it to game seven last season by depending on rookies and bench players. The Pacers and Bucks will put up a great showing but it nearly seems impossible seeing anybody but the Celtics come out of the east.

LeBron won’t be seeing his ninth straight Finals appearance and won’t recreate the Celtics-Lakers Finals rivalry just yet. His presence alone though is enough to get them this team that has been bad long before Kobe Bryant left the league to the playoffs, with a good seed at that. But the West is the most difficult conference for a reason. Save the Lakers to be a legitimate threat to the Warriors in LeBron’s second year in LA. Houston will be better by utilizing Carmelo Anthony in a better role than the Thunder ever did. If the Warriors don’t win another championship, it won’t be because of the Celtics, it will be because of the Rockets. If that happens, the dynasty might blow up before it every gets to San Francisco. Yeah, let’s be real. That ain’t happening. This team somehow got better in the offseason. It won’t take seven games to beat the Rockets, let alone the Celtics for that matter.

The Golden State Warriors win their third straight championship over the Boston Celtics 4-2 in their last game at Oracle Arena.

DateDayTime (ET)AwayHomeTV
10-DecMon 7:00 PM Washington Wizards Indiana Pacers FOX Sports Indiana, NBCSWA, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 7:00 PM Detroit Pistons Philadelphia 76ers FOX Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 7:30 PM New Orleans Pelicans Boston Celtics NBATV
10-Dec Mon 8:00 PM Sacramento Kings Chicago Bulls NBCSCH, NBC Sports California, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 8:00 PM Cleveland Cavaliers Milwaukee Bucks FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 8:00 PM Utah Jazz Oklahoma City Thunder FOX Sports Oklahoma, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 8:30 PM Orlando Magic Dallas Mavericks FOX Sports Southwest-Dallas, FOX Sports Florida, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 9:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies Denver Nuggets FOX Sports Southeast-Memphis, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 9:00 PM LA Clippers Phoenix Suns FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon 10:30 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Golden State Warriors NBC Sports Bay Area, FOX Sports North, NBA League Pass
10-Dec Mon10:30 PM Miami Heat Los Angeles Lakers NBATV
11-Dec Tues8:00 PM Portland Trail Blazers Houston Rockets NBATV
11-Dec Tues 8:30 PM Phoenix Suns San Antonio Spurs FOX Sports Southwest-San Antonio, FOX Sports Arizona, NBA League Pass
11-Dec Tues10:30 PM Toronto Raptors LA Clippers NBATV
12-Dec Wed 7:00 PM Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets FOX Sports Southeast-Charlotte, FOX Sports Detroit, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 7:00 PM New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers FOX Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 7:00 PM Milwaukee Bucks Indiana Pacers FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Wisconsin, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 7:00 PM Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 7:00 PM Boston Celtics Washington Wizards NBCSWA, NBCSB, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 8:00 PM Portland Trail Blazers Memphis Grizzlies FOX Sports Southeast-Memphis, NBCSNW, NBA League Pass
12-DecWed 8:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans ESPN
12-Dec Wed 8:30 PM Atlanta Hawks Dallas Mavericks FOX Sports Southwest-Dallas, FOX Sports Southeast-Atlanta, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 9:00 PM Miami Heat Utah Jazz FOX Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
12-Dec Wed 10:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Sacramento Kings NBC Sports California, FOX Sports North, NBA League Pass
12-DecWed 10:30 PM Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors ESPN
13-Dec Thurs8:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Houston Rockets TNT
13-Dec Thurs 8:30 PM LA Clippers San Antonio Spurs FOX Sports Southwest-San Antonio, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, NBA League Pass
13-Dec Thurs9:30 PM Chicago Bulls Orlando Magic FOX Sports Florida, NBCSCH, NBA League Pass
13-Dec Thurs10:30 PM Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns TNT
14-Dec Fri 7:00 PM Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics NBCSB, FOX Sports Southeast-Atlanta, NBA League Pass
14-Dec Fri 7:00 PM New York Knicks Charlotte Hornets FOX Sports Southeast-Charlotte, NBA League Pass
14-Dec Fri 7:30 PM Washington Wizards Brooklyn Nets NBA League Pass, YES Network
14-Dec Fri 7:30 PM Milwaukee Bucks Cleveland Cavaliers FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Wisconsin, NBA League Pass
14-Dec Fri 7:30 PM Indiana Pacers Philadelphia 76ers ESPN
14-Dec Fri 8:00 PM Miami Heat Memphis Grizzlies FOX Sports Southeast-Memphis, FOX Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
14-Dec Fri 10:00 PM Oklahoma City Thunder Denver Nuggets ESPN
14-Dec Fri 10:00 PM Toronto Raptors Portland Trail Blazers NBCSNW, NBA League Pass
14-Dec Fri 10:00 PM Golden State Warriors Sacramento Kings NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 5:00 PM Utah Jazz Orlando Magic NBATV
15-Dec Sat 7:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Charlotte Hornets FOX Sports Southeast-Charlotte, NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 7:00 PM Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons FOX Sports Detroit, NBCSB, NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 8:00 PM Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies FOX Sports Southeast-Memphis, NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 8:30 PM Chicago Bulls San Antonio Spurs NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 9:00 PM LA Clippers Oklahoma City Thunder FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, NBA League Pass
15-Dec Sat 9:00 PM Minnesota Timberwolves Phoenix Suns FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports North, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun3:00 PM Atlanta Hawks Brooklyn Nets YES, FOX Sports Southeast-Atlanta, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun 3:30 PM Philadelphia 76ers Cleveland Cavaliers FOX Sports Ohio, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun5:00 PM New York Knicks Indiana Pacers FOX Sports Indiana, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun 6:00 PM Los Angeles Lakers Washington Wizards NBCSWA, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun 7:00 PM Sacramento Kings Dallas Mavericks FOX Sports Southwest-Dallas, NBC Sports California, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun 7:00 PM Miami Heat New Orleans Pelicans FOX Sports New Orleans, FOX Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
16-Dec Sun 8:00 PM Toronto Raptors Denver Nuggets NBA League Pass