By Stephen Thomas (@15Stephen15)
PSDC Funnyman And Brad Pitt Doppelgänger
I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.
This time of year in the sports universe, with people saying ”Can you believe the year is almost over?” and my replying that I can due to the fact that I have functioning eyesight and a calendar, is usually filled with football talk. I’m fully aware that my little corner of the sports world is mostly football-centric as well, but today we’re going to deliberately take a departure and look at the NBA’s season thus far.
See, Here’s The Thing; It’s very early in The Association, but there are a few things we’ve learned. Now, I don’t pretend to be an expert in NBA-ness, after all I never played basketball. I played football growing up in Ohio in the 80’s (If you want proof, I can send it to you. You still have your VCR, right? I was a badass) (Well, as badass as a quarterback, punter & kicker could be) Anyway, I think it’s far too early to be making any proclamations about the season, but let’s take a look at what we’ve seen and what we think we know so far. We’ve learned: The Warriors are a pretty good basketball team, if by “pretty good,” you mean ‘Godzilla To Everyone Else’s Tokyo.” The Cavs have piles of talent, but are not yet healthy, haven’t meshed that talent yet and are seemingly winning most nights on LeBron James’ brute force refusal to lose. The 76ers tanking strategy has reached year 37, making people who still pay to attend their games the only sports fans on the planet that Cleveland Browns fans can call stupid. Most of the guys in the NBA are fairly tall. If I was there to inbound the ball to Steph Curry, he could probably beat the Sixers all by himself. Charles Barkley continues to rival Terry Bradshaw as the only guys capable of winning the “Best Professional Rube” trophy (which should exist). The East is deeper than the West. Knick fans are in love with Porzingis, which means they’re about two months from calling him a bum. Finally, the Post-Kobe NBA will be just fine, as the Hall Of Fame Kobe we all know and love has actually been out of the league for about three years.
Look, no way do we know anything about the season this early, but the fans and media folks already handing out trophies are a lot of fun to mess with. So far though, the season has been pretty entertaining. It’ll get even more entertaining when people start asking me “Can you believe it’s March already?”