Category Archives: 2014 season opener

Tweets of NBA arenas before their home openers

Since a few games start much later than others, I’ll continue updating throughout the night. If they don’t load at first, just refresh the page and it should work out. Anyway, enjoy.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

Where Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Monta Ball will happen.

Detroit Pistons

The Josh Smith era begins:

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

http://twitter.com/RelativitySport/status/395668181726945280

Minnesota Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans

If only the seats were color coordinated to create an Anthony Davis unibrow.

https://twitter.com/KelsWingert/status/395667801592963072

New York Knicks

Google translated to: the night Knicks fans turn on Andrea Bargnani. Probably.

Philadelphia 76ers

Congrats to Allen Iverson.

Phoenix Suns

Maybe Robert Sarver will have better luck filling courtside seats this season.

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Enes Kanter may have took one step onto the court and shattered it.

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2014: The season of comebacks

Maybe it’s because this will be my first basketball season without worrying about school, but the 2013 offseason was the slowest that I can remember, even topping (or in this case, bottoming?) the 2011 lockout.

The preseason, now what I call the weird season after watching Andray Blatche hoist six threes against the Celtics, didn’t help my NBA withdrawals either. There was this gem, however:

But just when it was tempting to resort to swallowing Halloween candy whole to cure my boredom, the NBA season arrived. There are the usual storylines coming into 2014: the off-season acquisitions we have to wait and see on whether they work out or not, the youthful players we hope evolve into franchise cornerstones, lottery-bound teams last season looking to get back into contention, and so much more.

If I had to pick a working title for this season right now though, it would be “The Season of Comebacks”, starring Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo, among others, who are returning after suffering devastating injuries a season or two ago. We’ll get to see one of those comebacks tonight in Rose, and what a bang he should start the season off with.

But the returns of Kobe and Rondo are still up in the air thanks to another unique element playing into this season: the 2014 NBA Draft. We may witness as much terrible basketball, thanks to tankapalooza, as much as we will witness great play with so many teams having a fighter’s chance at making this season’s Finals.

Whatever the dream matchup for the 2014 Finals may be, it’ll be quite a challenge to outperform what was a battle for the ages between the Spurs and Heat. It feels like that happened forever ago, yet somehow only four months have passed since its conclusion. I just remember wanting more after Game 7 but, after looking back at all that took place, feeling satisfied at the same time. It was like an ending to a great, season-long story.

How will we remember 2014? It’s time for its story to begin. 

NBA season intros from over the years

The introduction videos from TNT are one of the best ways to welcome in a new NBA season; the icing on the cake for what’s one of the best times of the year for basketball fans. It just so happens that there’s a handful of TNT’s intros hanging around YouTube. Here they are:

2008

Or so it looks like. It doesn’t really say, but there’s Baron Davis‘ dunk over Andrei Kirilenko, Tim Duncan and the Spurs celebrating, Manu Ginobili with a full head of hair, Jason Kidd still as a Net, and Shaquille O’Neal still in Miami. Pretty sure this was for the 2008 season.

2010

It’s only been a few years but seeing Brandon Roy, Chauncey Billups, and Allen Iverson in this one makes it feel like ages ago.

2011

It’s when Amar’e Stoudemire was still Amar’e Stoudemire. Sigh. And, obviously, the aftermath of the chaotic 2010 free agency period, led by LeBron James. It’s weird looking back on how despised LeBron James was, but Dwyane Wade was viewed as the good guy from their ‘Big 3’. It feels like that’s been reversed three years later.

2012

As great as this one is, Drazen Petrovic makes it that much better.

2013

For some reason, when those videos end I always expect the NBA on NBC theme song to start:

What kind of introduction does TNT have in mind for 2014?

Here’s a pie chart of my excitement for the NBA season

nba chart edIT2

Click to enlarge! Very helpful!

Honorable mentionsDirk Nowitzki rampage, the 1% chance Michael Jordan comes back, LeBron James‘ one-handed cross-court no-look passes, Brandon KnightKyrie Irving matchups, Damian Lillard, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, every trade rumor surrounding Carlos Boozer, Metta World Peace quotes, when Stephen Curry catches fire, Craig Sager’s suits, flat tops, missed layups by Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace coaching, Al Jefferson chasing a scoring title, the 2013 rookie class, David Stern’s departure, Chris Boshand so much more.

Edit: Carlos Boozer’s And1s appeared twice. As of 7:45 p.m, one of them, with about the same excitement as LARRY SANDERS!, has been replaced by the Bucks’ Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.  

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