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Here are the six biggest storylines of the new NBA season

Here are the six biggest storylines of the new NBA season

22.10.2019

Here are the six biggest storylines of the new NBA season

SINGAPORE — Here are the six key storylines that will dominate the new National Basketball Association regular season.

The short answer is: No, but just like last season, you’ll never know.

But the Raptors’ defence is still top-notch with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka prowling the paint, and they are certainly capable of contending in the Eastern Conference. And considering that they hit on such scintillating form in last season’s play-offs, they are certainly not to be dismissed lightly.

But the Clippers have other formidable weapons. Point guard Patrick Beverley is a hustling, tough-as-nails defender, while Lou Williams has made a career out of coming off the bench to provide instant offence.

Can LeBron James and Anthony Davis lift the Los Angeles Lakers?

Combined with the extraordinary skills of James, as well as a squad of seasoned veterans and young upstarts, and the Lakers can have no excuses to miss the playoffs again this season.

They had a team built to dominate the next few years, with a playing style few teams can defend against. Then Kevin Durant went down with a serious injury. Then Klay Thompson suffered a similar fate. Then the Raptors stunned them in the NBA Finals.

With the experience gained from winning those three recent titles, it would be foolish to think they will not be in contention for a deep play-off run, if Curry and Green stay healthy and motivated.

Of the quartet, the Bucks made the fewest off-season trades, essentially retaining the team that reached the Eastern Conference finals. That means they remain a thin squad heavily reliant on reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), Giannis Antetokounmpo, and much of their hopes lie on keeping him healthy.

Together with versatile wingman Joe Ingles, the Jazz have finally assembled a strong starting five to challenge the Western Conference. It would not surprise anyone to see them overcome the talent-heavy conference and reach the NBA Finals.

The big question is whether Harden and Westbrook – two of the biggest ball-hogs in the game – can thrive together. The duo, who were former teammates at Oklahoma City Thunder, insist they can. Fans can only await with bated breath.

So the NBA should survive the current dispute, and continue to be a global force. Whether it can regain its past marketing power in China, that is a question unlikely to be resolved in the new season.

Read more: Yahoo Singapore

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Chinese state media vows 'retribution' against NBA commissioner Adam SilverBEIJING (NYTIMES) - China Central Television, the state-run Chinese television network, said NBA commissioner Adam Silver would face 'retribution' for saying that the Chinese government had asked him to fire a league executive who supported the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong this month.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Basketball: Siakam signs four-year maximum NBA deal with RaptorsNEW YORK (AFP) - Pascal Siakam, a major contributor in Toronto's run to the NBA title last season, has signed a four-year maximum rookie contract extension for US$130 million (S$177 million), according to multiple reports on Saturday (Oct 19).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

NBA: LA Lakers' Kyle Kuzma ruled out for season opener against Clippers LOS ANGELES (DPA) - The Los Angeles Lakers have ruled out Kyle Kuzma for Tuesday's (Oct 22) season-opening game against the Clippers as he recovers from a stress reaction in his left foot.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Punishment awaits NBA's commissioner for defaming China: State mediaBEIJING: Punishment will be meted out 'sooner or later' to the NBA's commissioner for defaming China, state television said, as Beijing and the ...

Basketball: Siakam signs four-year maximum NBA deal with RaptorsNEW YORK (AFP) - Pascal Siakam, a major contributor in Toronto's run to the NBA title last season, has signed a four-year maximum rookie contract extension for US$130 million (S$177 million), according to multiple reports on Saturday (Oct 19).. Read more at straitstimes.com.

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