Repeating Myself Slightly

Judging from the 50 game season in 1999, teams with a minimum of player churn, continuity in their system and stellar defense will excel.  Teams that go through a lot of turnover will struggle.  The teams that fit that description best are the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the San Antonio Spurs.

The NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks are likely to join this crowd if theyre-sign their own free agents easily.

In other words most the NBA’s elite eight from last season figure to return to the top.  That’s how it was in 1999 too.

The teams that may struggle for a minute include the Los Angeles Lakers as new coach Mike Brown develops working relationships with Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace (which was actually kind of fun to type), and Pau Gasol.  I’m not saying the Lakers will fall out of the playoff picture but quick starts by their rivals could leave them vying for a lower seed then the Staples faithful are accustomed to.

Overall the bigger the roster construction issue, the more a team is likely to slip a bit, though some teams like the ’99 Knicks may get it together late in the season and make surprising playoff run.   The Houston Rockets or Minnesota Timberwolves might be the best candidate for that spot.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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