This is the first in a series of posts on three hot topics on sports news not covered on the podcast.
*The NBA season tipped off this past week. There seemed to be no ill effects from the lockout shortened season last year. The big questions going into this year were “Can Miami repeat as champs?” and “How would Dwight Howard & Steve Nash mesh with Kobe in L.A.?” So far with the Lakers, it hasn’t been good. They have gotten off to an 0-3 start, losing two at home. It will be interesting to see who will challenge Miami in the East (Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia). But an interesting team to look out for in the West in Houston. Getting Jeremy Lin & James Harden in the offseason to go along with a young nucleus of players, they could be the surprise team in the NBA this season.
*The NHL lockout drags on with the latest cancellation coming in the form of the Winter Classic. It is another unfortunate casualty of a labor dispute that has seemingly gone on for too long. The Winter Classic is probably one of the best ideas to come around in the last decade in all of sports. There has been tremendous buzz that has come out of it and has become a New Year’s Day tradition along with college football bowl games. I think this is another sign that there will be a year long lockout just like in 2004-05.
*The start of college basketball season is rapidly approaching. The preseason polls have Indiana #1, Louisville #2 & defending champs Kentucky #3. Speaking of the defending champs, the Wildcats lost a lot of players to the NBA (due to their nature of turnover) but have brought in a lot of talent. It remains to be seen whether this year’s team can duplicate last year’s run. Indiana has the talent and the experience. Led by their star forward Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers look to recapture the glory of the teams coached by Bob Knight back in the day. Coach Tom Cream has rebuilt the program and I would not be surprised that come March, they are the #1 overall seed.