(News4usonline) – It’s that time of year again. The NBA regular season is here. We would hope that after a summer of a variety of basketball camps and leagues, in addition to the previous season ending with the playoffs and championships, the players would be refreshed and excited to play in the 2023-2024 regular season.
For those who have been following the NBA these last few years there is I would say something agreeable, a shift in the talent around the league. There are players on the verge of retirement. There are players who have played for a little while, and players who have played for a short period of time. Then there are the new faces that we all hope to get familiar with.
Last season ended with the Denver Nuggets claiming total victory. The Nuggets have been ushering toward the title for the past few seasons. They finally hit paydirt following the 2022-2023 regular season. The team was able to work together and win the NBA championship.
However, aside from the Nuggets, teams that were in the playoffs last season and some teams that were in the running will make their push this season. Some of the younger teams like the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs, we expect to compete well this season.
Four-time champions the Golden State Warriors is one team to definitely look out for. The Milwaukee Bucks, who made some changes this season, have already won a championship and could be in contention for another title, thanks to the addition of guard Damian Lillard.
The Los Angeles Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. These two players won a championship together and made it to the Western Conference Finals last season. As long as they have LeBron and A.D., they will always be in the running for a title. Let’s not forget about other teams with their own superstars who are eager to stake their claim to the title as well. The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptors fit into that category.
The NBA is back and from coast to coast the vibe of the basketball world will be felt, expected, anticipated, overjoyed, celebrated, and overall appreciated. Both conferences-the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference-have looked much different than in previous years.
it allows the viewer, the spectator, and the fan some unexpectablity. We aren’t allowed to get too comfortable. I have enjoyed watching teams that compete for dynasties but it is pretty entertaining not knowing who is going to appear triumphant. The teams that have the strength to make a continuous effort towards the championship have to be acknowledged.
As we saw last season, the Eastern Conference has made great strides and has improved with the Bucks, Celtics, Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, and Raptors all battling each other. The competition is very colorful and I could appreciate that.
Teams that we haven’t seen play in the playoffs are now starting to reach great competitive play. Their game has gone up a level. The Western Conference has taken on a different shape. The talent level is high. It’s going to be a stressful year indeed. With the draft, free agency, and trades, the Western Conference has been reshaped for the better.
Basketball should be exciting to watch this year.
Dennis Freeman Jr. is a photojournalist and a contributing writer. His portfolio includes shooting images for Sacramento City College and writing sports commentary. Dennis is a native of the Bay Area and resides currently in San Francisco, California.