Magnolia Banner News NBA prepares to start 73rd season tonight

Magnolia Banner News NBA prepares to start 73rd season tonight”

Here are three players to watch.

Brandon Ingram took a big leap in his sophomore campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, almost doubling his scoring and assist average from his rookie season.

If James could get out of the West and win another championship, that would be three titles with three teams.

You often hear veteran players say when they fall to the ground after getting fouled while going to the rim, they stay on the floor for a little bit to catch their breath and recover.

"I said: 'Jeanie, it's time for you to take ownership of this franchise".

Working Cousins into the lineup once he returns could add some zest to the regular season for Golden State, which has so far avoided letting repetitive domination lead to complacency.

The NBA's 73rd season starts Tuesday night, beginning a year where LeBron James will play for the Los Angeles Lakers, where Carmelo Anthony will aim to push the Houston Rockets over the top, where Dwyane Wade will take his 16th and final lap around the league. Are they trying to get these young guys ready for next year or are they going to try to win this year with those old guys.

Kevin Durant will go up against his former team for the eighth time since leaving as a free agent in 2016, but likely won't go head-to-head with longtime teammate Russell Westbrook, who is expected to begin the season on the sidelines following arthroscopic knee surgery.

"None of us are ready for this run to come to an end", said Golden State's Draymond Green, part of all three Warriors' titles in this four-year run of dominance.

This season's team will split the difference between last season's "Ugh, do we have to?" campaign and the 2015-16 tour de force. No, every Western Conference team now knows every single road goes through James and the Lakers. And when you think they can fall, they win anyway. The Rockets had the Warriors against the ropes in last season's Western Conference finals, leading that series 3-2 yet falling after Paul was lost to a hamstring injury.

Kerr, however, does not expect the Warriors to hit the ground running, noting that injuries and inconsistent defensive displays in preseason showed that there was still plenty of work to be done. We've all got the same goal.

With the new season of the game returns the most decorated franchise in the National Basketball Association.

The Thunder has won all three of its season openers since Billy Donovan took over as coach, beating San Antonio, Philadelphia and NY. Minnesota was 10-13 without Butler in their line-up last season.

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