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So who do you think will become champions in June next year? Well, who knows? We have tried to break down what we believe are the top contenders for the trophy here:
San Antonio Spurs
They should be favourites to win this year as well. Not only did they not lose anybody to trades this time around, they also acquired free agent signing of the season, LaMarcus Aldridge. This man is a phenomenal power forward, and it’s no wonder everybody was trying to chase him down for his signature this time around.
Next season, Tim Duncan is going to come back as healthy and as phenomenal as ever, Ginobili will hopefully look young again, and Tony Parker will be back to full form after an injury laden time last year. This wasn’t great and the tough Series 1 lost to the Clippers last year really hurt them, but I have absolutely no doubt this time around that they will be favourites, coming out of the West at least.
Speaking of West, they also managed to convince David West to sign with them for a veteran’s minimum of only 1m. What a pickup.
The Cavs will be back, and hopefully stronger, fitter and more dangerous than ever. Despite last final’s heartbreaking loss, it is hoped that this time around LeBron and company will get Cleveland to the Promised Land.
Losing Kyrie and Kevin Love in the finals was tough, and nobody can deny that it would have been a whole different ball game if those two all-stars stayed healthy. Hence it is imperative that this time, the whole gang comes back with a clean bill of health. Kevin Love is already participating in pre-season, and Kyrie will be back stronger and fitter too. This is fantastic news for all you Cavaliers fans!
The only gripe I have with the team today, is the Tristan Thompson situation. Just pay the guy already, am I right?
Golden State Warriors
Let me just state this for the record: I am a HUGE Stephen Curry fan. What that man can do with the basketball is just ridiculous to watch, and he’s already poised to go down as the best shooter of all time. Wow.
This year, the gauntlet just got even harder. Last season, the Warriors got out of the West relatively unscathed. This time around, they’ll have to play the Spurs (most likely), a very tough Clippers team, and probably the Rockets who’d all want revenge on them. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ll probably have to run through Cleveland again in the finals, because I have no doubt that is who that will be winning that matchup – Cleveland, if healthy.
Having said that, I don’t want to be pessimistic when it comes to supporting Golden State though. They have the entire team back this year without losing anybody, and continuity is key to building a fantastic franchise over the years.
Oklahoma City Thunder
What a scary team. Last year, without Kevin Durant, Westbrook went on a tear, terrifying pretty much everyone around the league. This time, when Durant is healthy it gets even scarier. Holy cow.
Despite missing out on the playoffs last year (can’t really blame them all too much, it’s hard to be a one man wrecking crew in today’s game) this year I think they have vastly improved only because of one change – the coach. I was never a fan of OKC’s half-court offense because it was always ‘give Durant or Westbrook the ball and get out of the way’, and I think a proper system will really change things this time.
It’s all about the beard, James Harden.
Sorry Dwight, you’re not superman this time around. Harden is. Many people still believe he should have won MVP last year instead of Curry, and it’s honestly hard to argue with that. It’s pretty much going to be on his shoulders again, because they haven’t really improved all that much this summer, and even losing Josh Smith.
So there you have it, those are our top 5 picks to win it all. What do you think? Comment and let us know!
In today’s news: Arsenal. Are they the best team in the Premier League this season? We certainly think they have a strong case.
The game over the weekend broke open in the 3rd minute of injury time, when there was an Everton break. The visitors poured forward to try to break the equaliser though, but the ball went out for a thrown in. This was the most important moment of the game. Despite the fact that Arsenal had the biggest part of the possession and had always great chances to end the game the right way (and finally breathe a sigh of relief), it wasn’t until the final whistle was blown when everybody relaxed.
Everton did not have to face Bayern Munich in midweek – and it was clear that by the last 20 minutes everybody was tired. It took fantastic defending by Gabriel, great saves by Petr Cech that finally made the difference.
To be fair, Arsenal did not play all that well either. Giroud’s opening goal was fantastic, flicking in a header beyond Tim Howard for a 1-0 lead. This was his 6th goal of the season, for someone with fine form it was awesome to see. There was barely time and it’s really still too early to say that these are the things that Arsenal could have dropped points in, but this time they clung on and managed to eke out a fabulous victory.
Mesut Ozil was also in fantastic form – curling assists and crosses in from left to right. There was barely time to celebrate Giroud’s goal, when yet another one was scored. This time it came from Cazorla taking a free kick outside the box, when Koscielny knocked yet another one in incredible fashion. This latest trend of Arsenal scoring, then scoring very quickly after is incredibly enjoyable to watch.
I don’t think anybody would argue that Arsenal deserved the 3 points here today. If there is anything that might win the championship for the team this season, it’s the effort that went into the entire thing.
Next up, we’ll shift our attention to the NBA, and the upcoming 2015-16 season. Stay tuned!
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