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Three storylines defining a highly anticipated 2022-2023 NBA season

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    by Sports director
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    Fri Oct 14 2022

By: Mike Hall

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  1. King James rewriting the record books

Imagine telling someone that the NBA's all-time leading scorer grew up in an impoverished neighborhood, never met his biological father and, with the most exorbitant expectations heaped onto any professional athlete in American history, crushed every forecast. Doesn't it sound ludicrous? Preposterous? Impossible? Not only will LeBron James leapfrog Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's most decorated scorer this season, but he will also bulldoze past the greatest point guard to ever pick up a basketball, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, in all-time assists and surpass the most gifted defensive player to grace the court, Hakeem Olajuwon, in all-time steals. The Chosen One requires 1,326 points to cement himself as the leading scorer, 97 dimes to surge to sixth in assists and 27 takeaways to land at ninth in all-time swipes. In his 20th season, the Kid from Akron still manages to shatter all expectations. 

  1. Brooklyn's fiasco

If you described Brooklyn's offseason in one word, which adjective would you select? Go ahead, think about it. Anything from chaotic to erratic would suffice. Almost as unpredictable as Scorsese's ending in “The Departed,” the Nets' summer surprised even the most knowledgeable NBA fanatics. On June 30, superstar Kevin Durant requested a trade, and for nearly two months, mock packages and destinations littered twitter feeds, morning talk shows and newspaper columns. Kyrie Irving appeared at Lakers' assistant coach Phil Handy's basketball camp, Durant ventured to L.A. for a workout with Celtics stud Jayson Tatum and owner Joe Tsai received an ultimatum, via Durant, to choose between the seven-footer or coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks. Now, with Durant and the Nets “moving forward,” the on-paper squad looks stacked. In reality, the team lacks chemistry, continuity and dependability. An incalculable Ben Simmons held out for the entirety of 2021-2022, and Kyrie Irving logged just 29 total games due to vaccine controversy and personal matters. The offseason acquisitions of T.J. Warren and Markieff Morris certainly provide depth, but until Kyrie, KD and Simmons appear on the court together, the Nets remain a mystery. 

  1. The impact of Draymond Green's sucker punch

Despite slugging teammate Jordan Poole in the face during a team practice on Wednesday, Oct. 5, Draymond Green will rejoin the Warriors on Thursday, head coach Steve Kerr announced earlier this week. Golden State's vocal leader certainly possesses a controversial track record, but this incident transcends even his worst moments, including his altercation with LeBron James during Game 4 of the 2016 Finals. San Francisco's modern dynasty boasts four titles over an eight-year stretch, and many consider the Warriors' culture, chemistry, management and leadership as the NBA's upper echelon. With budding stars, such as Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman and Moses Moody, ascending alongside Jordan Poole, Golden State faces its toughest internal decision of the Steph Curry era. Should Draymond, a seamless fit for the Splash Brothers, have to waive the franchise goodbye? In my opinion, his intangible value overshadows the headlines, and booting him would spur even more dissension throughout the Bay Area. As of right now, he projects to suit up against LeBron's Lakers on opening night. Hoops fans, get your popcorn ready. This season won't disappoint. 

Sources:

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/pts_career.html

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/ast_career.html

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leaders/stl_career.html

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10046340-kevin-durant-to-move-forward-with-steve-nash-sean-marks-nets-after-trade-request

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34776453/nets-say-ben-simmons-needs-regain-confidence-rhythm

https://www.nba.com/news/reports-kevin-durant-requests-trade-from-nets

https://www.espn.com/nba/team/transactions/_/name/bkn/brooklyn-nets

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/34779383/warriors-draymond-green-fined-not-suspended-play-friday

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/12/sports/basketball/draymond-green-suspension.html

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