Thursday, October 21, 2010

20 Questions From The Association - 2010-11 Opening Tip

Is it just me or...

With the exception of all future visits to Cleveland, have we seen the worst of the anti-LeBron sentiment?

Given this summer's backlash against LeBron James relocation, shouldn’t Carmelo Anthony be getting eviscerated for his treatment of the team that’s paying him $17+ million this season?

For all the (deserved) MVP and “best in the NBA” talk surrounding Kevin Durant, is Russell Westbrook’s 2010-11 explosion going to be OKC’s biggest storyline?

Between Greg Oden’s ongoing injury woes and a pending Rudy Fernandez meltdown, is the optimism of recent years in Portland beginning to evaporate?

Are we in store for one last semi-vintage (18- 10?) November from a motivated-for-the-first-time-in-four-years Shaquille O’Neal?

Is Chris Paul the disgruntled superstar most worthy of gutting your roster for?

Is Blake Griffin’s next injury likely to involve his head and the rim?

On draft night, wasn’t Evan Turner touted as the safest top-five pick?

Does the need to rely heavily on Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter to contain either LeBron or D-Wade offset a lot of Orlando’s depth, talent and fantastic coaching?

With the likes of George Hill, Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair and James Anderson, are the perpetually “aging” Spurs suddenly pretty young and interesting?

Would limiting Kobe Bryant's games played be more beneficial than limiting his minutes?

Is 20-10 and a 2011 All-Star snub (he might have a chance next year) very much in play for Michael Beasley?

Despite an awful preseason, even if they're not able to pull off a trade for Carmelo, are the Amar'e-led Knicks poised to be sneaky-good?

Will Tayshaun Prince- great teammate, good defender AND an $11.1 million expiring contract- quickly emerge as this season’s most sought-after trade target?

With Antawn Jamison, Mo Wiliams, J.J. Hickson Ramon Sessions (a Hype favorite) and Sideshow Bob- all legitimate NBA players- still around, are the Cavs going to be better (or at least, not as terrible) than we’re expecting?

Between Tyreke Evans, Demarcus Cousins, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, Beno Udrih and Omri Casspi, do the Kings have six potential 15+ ppg scorers?

Does looking at the Toronto Raptors’ roster make you sad?

Is the “Capitol Connection" (John Wall and JaVale McGee) going to very quickly conjure up images of Chris Paul and Tyson Chandler's “Crescent City Connection”?

By halftime of Miami’s opener in Boston, are a lot of people going to feel very silly for forgetting just how good LeBron is?

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