The NBA season is in full swing. And while there are plenty of “best games to watch” and “most exciting players” lists out there, there isn’t much for the rest of us—the fans who just want to know if our teams have any hope of doing well this year.
The NBA has a long and storied history. It’s been around since 1949, when it was founded as the Basketball Association of America. During that time, it’s had some incredible moments—like when it took home its first championship title in 1957. But that doesn’t mean it’s always been easy for basketball lovers!
In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to survive a season with your favorite team: A blog about what happens when a team isn’t doing that well.
As the NBA season approaches, you should prepare yourself for a long season on the edge of your seat. It is inevitable that your team will start off slow, or that your favorite player will be injured for most of the season, or that there will be a trade in which half of your team gets shipped off to another city. While this might seem like the end of the world, there are ways to cope with these devastating circumstances.
First, and most importantly, don’t panic! Panicking will only make it worse. If you start getting frantic, you’ll do things like call up sports radio stations to complain about how terrible the team is and how much they’re ruining our lives. Yours might even be one of those callers who threatens to burn his jersey if anything doesn’t go right. That’s not good.
Another thing not to do is get mad at any players on your favorite team who perform well. Sure, they might be doing well now but do you really think that matters? Do you really think it’s important what happens in December? It’s not worth getting worked up over individual games or players because it only adds more stress to your life than it already has by being a fan in the first place.
Finally, try to remember that
To be a sports fan is to have hope. Hope that your team can win a championship, hope that they can turn things around. And when things aren’t going well, you don’t want to hear about how bad it’s going to get; you’ve got to believe there’s a way out of this mess.
I’m a lifelong Chicago Bulls fan. I was too young to remember the Michael Jordan era, but I’ve been watching the Bulls since about 2001—not the best time for them. They made the playoffs every year from 2003-2005, but were never particularly good at winning games once they got there. After that, they went into a long rebuilding process (which continued until this season).
We all know how it feels to root for a team that’s on the bottom of the standings. It sucks. But there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy yourself and find something positive in your team’s performance.
Now that we’re about one-third of the way through the season, let’s take a look at the standings. After a rough start, our team is only 1 game back from .500. We are in 5th place in our division and 15th out of 30 teams overall.
This is a little better than expected, but not by much. It’s hard to get excited about being 15th when I’m used to seeing my team near the top of the standings. We still have a lot of work to do to get back to where we were last year.
But if there’s one thing this team has taught me over the years, it’s that you can’t count them out until they’re mathematically eliminated. It’s going to be a long season, but we have what it takes to be contenders again.
You know, sometimes when you love something, it doesn’t love you back. And what is the best way to deal with that?
The Brooklyn Nets are not having a great year. They’re currently 9-16 and are essentially out of the playoff picture. Yes, it’s still early. But they have their work cut out for them.
The Nets followed up a successful decade by moving to Brooklyn in 2012 and bringing in a new coach, Jason Kidd. He promptly led them to a playoff berth and an impressive first-round showing against the top-seeded Toronto Raptors. But many of their key players are either injured or getting older. The Nets also made some big financial sacrifices in building this team, leaving themselves with little flexibility to reshape it if need be.
What would your advice be for fans of the Nets?
The Knicks are a bad basketball team right now. They can’t shoot, they’re not very athletic and they don’t have any young players that look like they’ll turn out to be real gems. It’s hard to watch them play because they lose a lot and because they’re not exciting to watch.
But how bad are they? Let’s put the Knicks in historical context by comparing the worst teams of the past five years with this year’s squad.
The 2002-2003 Denver Nuggets were the worst team of the past five years; they went 17-65 and were outscored by 10.5 points per game. This team featured a rookie Carmelo Anthony and a sophomore Nene, but otherwise was awful. They had four decent players who averaged over 12 points per game (Carmelo, Andre Miller, Juwan Howard and Raef Lafrentz) and only one other player who averaged more than 6 points per game (Voshon Lenard). They didn’t rebound well, didn’t defend well, didn’t shoot or take care of the ball well and their best player was 19 years old.
The 2009-2010 New Jersey Nets were next-worst at 12-70 while being outscored by 8.9 points per game. This
At this point in the NBA season, most teams have played around 35 games. At 35 games, you can have a fair idea of how good your team is going to be.
That doesn’t mean you know if you will make the playoffs or not, but it does mean that you can start to get an idea of whether or not your team has a shot at being a contender like the Warriors or Spurs. Plus, I think it’s safe to say that even the worst teams in the league (Kings and Lakers) have shown their colors by now.
The 35 game mark is also a time where we start to see how players are doing as individuals. For example, we can see that Anthony Davis is having another MVP caliber season and that Karl Anthony Towns looks more comfortable than ever on both ends of the floor.
We can also say for sure that DeMar Derozan has taken his game to another level and that Nikola Jokic is probably the best passing big man in the league right now.
So what does all this mean? Well, it means that it’s time to start talking about which players should win some awards at the end of the season! Yes, we’re only 35 games into an 82 game season, but there’s nothing wrong with