Making it Rain: The NBA Returns

Jack Candler, Staff Writer

Just as fast as the 20-21 NBA season left us, the NBA has returned. The NBA offseason came with the departure of some familiar faces, as we saw the retirement of Jared Dudley, JJ Redick, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, Joakim Noah, and Pau Gasol. We also saw some front office and coaching moves, including the Celtics promoting Brad Stevens to President of Basketball Operations and hiring Ime Udoka, Terry Stotts, and the Trail Blazers parting ways, and Stan Van Gundy and the Pelicans also agreeing to part ways. Along with these front office and coaching changes, we also saw some moves on the court. In the East, the Bulls have created a possible powerhouse featuring Lonzo Ball, Demar Derozan, Zach Lavine, Alex Caruso, and Nikola Vucevic. The Miami Heat have improved their roster by adding Kyle Lowry to the roster. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points per game on 13.0 shots per game, with a .436 field goal percentage, making this a very nice addition to an already solid Miami Heat roster. The biggest boom or bust moves of the offseason were made by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers added Russell Westbrook, an aging star who put up a solid season last season with the Washington Wizards. One of the biggest questions about the Lakers this season is their age, as they have an average age of 31. This makes them, on average, 2 years older than any team in the NBA. Clearly, the Lakers are in win-now mode with other aging stars such as Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and of course, LeBron James. This could very well be a rerun of the 03-04 Lakers, who also assembled a team of aging stars, but lost in the NBA Finals. The team was good but never lived up to the hype. These Lakers also have a similar hype surrounding them. The NBA season has come with great potential, and we can look forward to an electric season.