With some of the biggest trades in recent years over the summer, a new look Los Angeles Lakers team that includes Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be looking to wipe away any chance of the 2012 NBA MVP LeBron James winning back-to-back NBA Championships with the Miami Heat. With a regular season game coming to London in January and a record number of International players on NBA rosters, the upcoming season will once again reach a global audience.
The current NBA Champions boast two new additions in Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, who are both more than established three-point shooters and will no doubt open the floor up for the big three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Chicago Bulls - Will be relying on a “Do-it-all-Deng” to keep them on track for another playoff spot this season. With 2011 MVP Derrick Rose looking at a late February/ early March return, the Great Britain small forward Deng will be called upon, along with Frenchman Joakim Noah to guard some of the NBA's most potent scorers.
Brooklyn Nets - Fresh excitement abounds in the Eastern Conference as Olympic Gold medalist Deron Williams and the NBA’s newest franchise, the Brooklyn Nets hope to continue to build on their impressive pre-season performances. Joe Johnson brings All-Star quality to the Barclays Center and come November 1st fans can expect the battle of the boroughs to be an exciting match up as the Knicks make the short journey to Brooklyn for their season opener.
Los Angeles Lakers – With one of the biggest trades of the summer, the Lakers roster is sure to put fear into the opposition with veterans Kobe Bryant and Spaniard Pau Gasol leading the charge in Hollywood.
Oklahoma City Thunder – On the back of the 2012 Olympic final, featuring four OKC players, the Thunder will look to cause a storm in the West and go one step further in their quest for the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy. Losing to the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals will provide the motivation for Durant and co. to get to the next level.
Dallas Mavericks - Former Indiana Pacer Darren Collison will try to adapt his backcourt game to fit in around the likes of German Dirk Nowitzki, OJ Mayo and Chris Kaman of the Dallas Mavericks, who will hope to bounce back after a disappointing season.
Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin and Chris Paul need to stay healthy if the Clippers hope to make noise in 2012-13, and cause an upset in the West.
NEW YORK AT BROOKLYN GAME POSTPONED
NEW YORK, October 31, 2012 – The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1 between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center has been postponed due to the conditions in the New York area caused by Hurricane Sandy.
“Mayor Bloomberg informed us this afternoon that after further analysis of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy that he felt it was in the best interests of the city of New York, the teams and our fans that we postpone the Knicks-Nets game scheduled for Thursday night,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating storm."
The date for the rescheduled game will be announced at a later time.
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