My favorite season

Posted 10/27/10

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Fall really is the best time of the year. So many great things are going on, it’s hard to keep track of them all.

I love that football, hunting, and the NASCAR chase for the cup are all in full swing. But fall also means that the NBA season is about to begin.

On Tuesday, the NBA season began, and there is so much intrigue this year.

Basketball fans everywhere will be watching to see how the Miami Heat do with the addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Can the Pistons get back to the playoffs after a pair of difficult seasons? How will the Boston Celtics recover after losing in the NBA Finals last year and adding more age with Shaquille O’Neal?

Then there is my team. The team I have grown up watching and for the last 20 years have brought me so much joy, my Los Angeles Lakers.

Can they get one more three-peat with Phil Jackson? Is Kobe Bryant still the top guard in the NBA? Do they have enough in the tank to make it through a grueling 82-game season?

I have to admit that I have a few worries this year. The Miami Heat are terrifying with James, Bosh, and their leader Dewayne Wade. And the Oklahoma City Thunder gave the Lakers a scare last year in the first round of the playoffs. How much better will they be?

The fact is that the Lakers are getting older. Bryant has had a few injury problems the last few seasons and their starting center, Andrew Bynum, has a history of knee injuries.

Even though they are the two-time defending NBA champions, I feel like they are underdogs this season.

If they stay healthy, they have the deepest roster in the league, and I am confident that they can get back to the finals.

For you Detroit Piston fans out there, this could be another long season for Detroit basketball.

Since the trade of Chauncey Billups in 2008, the Pistons have fallen off the NBA’s list of top contenders.

They have too many players who play the same position and no big-name talent to lead the way. The addition of Tracy McGrady would have been great if he were five years younger. The Pistons find themselves in the same situation they were in during 2008 when they signed Allen Iverson. He was just past his prime, and they got him too late.

I believe that this season is going to be about the Lakers and the Heat.

My prediction for the finals will be the Lakers and the Heat, with the Lakers winning in six games.

I think that the Heat can win 67 games during the regular season, but I do not believe that they have the bench to sustain a tough playoff run.

The Lakers have that depth, and they still have the best closer in the NBA in Bryant.

I look forward to this season. I will be taking a number of trips to the Palace of Auburn Hills this year. I always go see the Lakers, and as much as I despise James and the Heat, I can’t resist going to watch them play.

This year is going to be exciting.

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