The march toward the start of the NBA season – and more importantly, free NBA picks – has begun. After taking a look at the Atlantic Division, it’s time to slide over and ask some of the biggest questions the Central Division has to offer this season.
1. How will Year One A.L. (After LeBron) go in Cleveland? In a word…badly. If there’s any city in America that’s accustomed to dealing with bad sports situations, it’s definitely Cleveland. But somehow this was worse. For Clevelanders, watching “The Decision” was like having your wife announce at Thanksgiving dinner that she was running away with your cousin. Top it off with GM Danny Ferry quitting, head coach Mike Brown being fired and Delonte West heading back to Boston and this team suddenly looks a lot like the Washington Wizards of the early 2000s. And we all know how well that worked out.
2. Are the Bucks for real? Yes sir they are. Their biggest problem will be trying to stay healthy all year. Michael Redd has played in a total of 51 games in the past two seasons. Andrew Bogut’s 2009 season ended early after a wicked elbow injury. If those two can stay on the floor to take some of the pressure off of Brandon Jennings and John Salmons, With Cleveland’s inevitable decline, it’s not out of the question for Milwaukee to be a popular NBA pick to win 55 games this year.
3. Which new addition in Chicago will have the biggest impact? The easy answer is Carlos Boozer. After all, in a summer in which Dwayne Wade spurned his hometown team then took two other top notch free agents with him back to Miami, Boozer was the prize of Chicago’s free agent season. But the better answer could be new head coach Tom Thibodeau. How he manages his frontcourt rotation with Boozer, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and James Johnson will determine if Chicago can make another playoff run. nba stream links
4. What can the Pacers promise me this season? Um…that Danny Granger is still talented? The team has started a promotion called “Protect the Promise” aimed at building fan interest by getting fans to pledge to watch more away games on TV or set up company outings to home games. Sure, the Colts are the dominant team in Indianapolis at the moment, but it’s still a basketball crazy state overall. If you have to get your fans to pinky swear that they’re going to buy tickets every once in awhile, that’s a problem.