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I love the NBA. Wish we had more fans on here, but get it is not everyone's cup of tea.

Tonight the season gets going and it is compelling for a host of reasons. Some of the biggest story lines kicking off the year:

1) Kyrie. Will he end up retiring over the vaccine requirement? Looks as if his team has moved on. I have no clue what kind of value you can get for a guy of his skill set that is about 40% of the time either injured or missing in action because he marches to the beat of his own drum. Hard pass for me.

2) Ben Simmons. The drama of the Simmons saga is fascinating. Team goes public blasting him for his playoff performance, he demands a trade with several years left on his deal, but he is up against a management team that isn't going to acquiesce. I think Klutch thought they could bully their way with this situation, but they have not.

3) Westbrook in a Lakers uniform. It is crazy to see so many (past/present) all stars on a team, but that is what the Lakers have. The wildest of wildcards is Russell Westbrook. Having observed this guy for about 15 years, will he be able to control himself and not be Russell Westbrook? I can't wait for passive aggressive LeBron with his new teammate.

What else are you looking forward to?

Latest 2021-22 NBA Championship Odds
Team Current Odds
Brooklyn Nets +250
Los Angeles Lakers +375
Milwaukee Bucks +900
Golden State Warriors +1000
Phoenix Suns +1500
Utah Jazz +1600
Los Angeles Clippers +1600
Philadelphia 76ers +1600
Denver Nuggets +2000
Miami Heat +2500
Dallas Mavericks +3000
Atlanta Hawks +3500
Boston Celtics +4000
Chicago Bulls +5000
Portland Trail Blazers +6600
New York Knicks +8000
New Orleans Pelicans +10000
Indiana Pacers +10000
Memphis Grizzlies +10000
Charlotte Hornets +10000
Toronto Raptors +15000
Washington Wizards +15000
Sacramento Kings +25000
San Antonio Spurs +30000
Minnesota Timberwolves +30000
Cleveland Cavaliers +50000
Detroit Pistons +50000
Orlando Magic +50000
Houston Rockets +50000
Oklahoma City Thunder +50000
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59 minutes ago, brown4 said:

76ers just suspended Simmons today.

Yep! It has begun!

Apparently Doc Rivers asked Simmons to jump in a defensive drill. He refused. He asked again, he refused. Doc sent him home.

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1 hour ago, bugatti said:

Yep! It has begun!

Apparently Doc Rivers asked Simmons to jump in a defensive drill. He refused. He asked again, he refused. Doc sent him home.

It's going to be very interesting to see where he ends up.

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I am going to try to get back involved with the NBA, I don't love it like bug, but I really like it.

Do we think those odds are a good representation of the NBA "preseason rankings?"

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1 hour ago, theguru said:

I am going to try to get back involved with the NBA, I don't love it like bug, but I really like it.

Do we think those odds are a good representation of the NBA "preseason rankings?"

For the top three I do. The next 10 you could argue for any of those teams being in any order. The Warriors at 10-1 and Clippers at 16-1 seem a bit off. I would go 13-1 and 20-1, respectively. Both have major injury returnees they are relying upon to deliver the goods.

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Will be out in LA in a few weeks.... just bought tickets for a Lakers/TWolves game! Super pumped to check out the house Kobe built, see my team (TWolves), and to see in person for the first time, the eighth best LA Laker ever.

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On 10/19/2021 at 2:39 PM, bugatti said:

Yep! It has begun!

Apparently Doc Rivers asked Simmons to jump in a defensive drill. He refused. He asked again, he refused. Doc sent him home.

Simmons is probably calling James Harden for advice on donut shops.

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