By Clint Longenecker
After last week’s Eastern Conference preview, we continue this week with a preview of the Western Conference.
The West has been the NBA’s premier conference since the second retirement of Michael Jordan in 1998. Since then, eight of the 11 NBA champs have resided in the West. This trend persisted last season as the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th championship, and a record 10th with Head Coach Phil Jackson. This season, can Phil make it 11 or will another squad emerge to represent the West in the Finals?
By Clint Longenecker
This is the first segment of a two-part preview of the National Basketball Association.
One of the most anticipated NBA seasons in recent memory is finally here.
The NBA’s playoff campaign was action packed and had fans glued to every minute of action. Every expert predicted the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers would match up in a legendary battle between two of the game’s superstars: Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. The overlooked Orlando Magic staged an upset, beating the Cavs in six games in the Eastern Conference finals and advancing to basketball’s biggest stage. During the finals, the Lakers stifled the hot shooting Magic in five games to hoist the golden Larry O’Brien trophy.
A flurry of offseason activity took place during the summer of 2009, leaving a clear view of potential contenders. The top teams in the league got stronger, while the league’s subpar teams shed contracts to weather the storm of the bad economy.
A MVP player commentary by Beacon Sports Editor Kyle Beck. Disagree? Send us your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For the past few seasons, it seems as if the best player in the National Basketball Association debate has been a two player race between Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.
However, this season fans have been blessed with a most valuable player race that keeps getting tighter and tighter with every game played. I don’t think the league has seen this kind of talent and spectacular play in a very long time. Continue reading