Finally Kobe Bryant And Lebron James Can Rest Easy…Class Of ’17 Got Next

The next several weeks will bring a level of comfort to the NBA and its fans that has not been experienced since 2003.  That is the year when Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony first entered the league.  A new set of superstars was among us and the generation that gave us superstars like Jordan, Barkley, and Drexler could finally rest easy knowing that the bar on NBA talent was once again at it highest.  Fans have not been disappointed for the past 10 to 12 years because the league has added stars such as Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry.  Kobe Bryant had already been in the league and winning rings when James and ‘Melo entered.  In a certain sense  he was the star that would usher in the next group of league superstars and show them what it was all about.   Since the 2000 NBA season we have had the “Big Three” in Boston, the “Detroit 5”, and the mighty Spurs.  Since then the NBA collective has had their go to stars in Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.  We have come to that point of needing a fresh set of NBA superstars to uphold the bar of expected all star level play that fans look forward to for the 8 month season.

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Before Kobe walked away from the game in 2016, he made sure to look back at the incoming talent that he would be passing the torch to

We may not admit it but when Kobe walked away from the game in 2016 there was a gasp in the NBA community.  Could Lebron and the reigning league of all stars keep up with the high caliber of entertainment that fans who are 25 years and older have come to expect?  A year later and fast forward to the summer league and we get our answer.  The highlights from the NBA summer league 2017 has been special.  And it’s not because of 50 point nights or eye-dazzling dunks but for something much more important.  The learning curve of these first and second year players is something not seen since when Lebron and Carmelo entered the league. Rookies Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum proved this in their showdown in Vegas when the Lakers squared off against the Celtics.  Ball had a triple-double while Tatum managed to overcome a 20+ point deficit with fellow young star Jaylen Brown and get the win.  While Tatum has been pretty consistent in summer league play, Lonzo Ball had a bad showing in his debut.  But to ignite behind the ill words of the social media world and come back with a triple-double proves that he has the fortitude to make great things happen during the upcoming ’17-’18 season.

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“King” James can finally look at a draft class and be confident that the NBA’s star talent will continue to be at the level that his predecessor, Michael Jordan left it in

Now clearly understand that no one is deeming the draft class of 2017 the next set of NBA hall of famers.  It is at the least common knowledge already that these guys bring on an old school fearlessness with a new expanded level of talent.  The heads of the class are Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, and Josh Jackson.  They have a good support group with them in Jonathan Isaac, Dennis Smith Jr. and former Kentuckians Malik Monk and De’Aron Fox.   Add this group of rookies with the current crop of second and third year upper echelon players that are already making waves and we can finally say the league is ready if any of the Lebron-era heroines exit the game.  Furthermore the entire world of professional basketball can breathe a sigh of relief because there is definitely something special about the class of 2017.  Antagonists will try to say this “something special” phrase is cliche and used with every draft class.  I admit that it is used every year with certain players but hardly ever with draft classes as a whole.  At best this rookie class will bring the fans the brand of basketball that was a mainstay in the late 80’s and 90’s.  At worst we get a clash between the present and future that would be a classic master versus student battle.  Stay tuned…

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The “Super Team” Project Is In Full Force And Minnesota Is Winning…

If you haven’t noticed yet, the NBA is on the move to create the next super team.  Actually team owners are out to create a unit that can take down the Golden State Warriors in the West and the Cavs in the East.  The Minnesota Timberwolves are creeping closer and closer to doing both of these.  Say what you want but adding one of the league’s youngest superstars in Jimmy Butler just put the T-Wolves on pace to go extended rounds with any team in the league.  You have three legit all stars in Butler, Wiggins, and Towns.  Giorgiu Dieng brings factual big man presence in the paint with a very capable but tradeable Tyus Jones at guard.  Can Minnesota beat the Warriors in a playoff series at this point.  Probably not.  Give them one more defender that can play 30 to 35 minutes per game and we have something that can get very interesting come playoff time 2018.