National Basketball Association season preview 2018-19: LeBron the Laker, what it means

Lakers - With the addition of LeBron James, Los Angeles is projected by Vegas to win than 13 more games than it did last season (48.5).

That's the motto COO and President Rick Welts is sharing as Golden State, victor of three titles over the past four years, prepares to move into that snazzy, privately funded new arena.

His fast-paced run and gun style of play is something that every team is attempting to recreate. "Watching that game, you were already excited at home because it's so much intensity they're playing with". "And that's my mindset always entering the season".

"I'm going to soak it all up", assured Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, one of the team's three key pending free agents this season along with Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. "But when we are focused and in tune with each other, understanding what we're trying to do to be successful, obviously we're tough". StubHub data indicates that the team's home ticket prices have risen a staggering 427 per cent on the secondary market this season, with the Lakers' home opener at Staples Center changing hands for an average of US$934.

The Houston Rockets, who had the NBA's best record last season but fell to the Warriors in the decisive seventh game of the Western Conference final, have since lost two key defenders and critics wonder how veteran Carmelo Anthony will fit in. We've got to win a 'chip. He signed a four-year deal in July with the Lakers, one that makes him the biggest star on the league's glitziest franchise.

For the first time in his career, James will be the elder statesman on a roster full of young and upcoming talent, namely Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart. I think back to Boston Garden, going to the new Garden, the old Chicago Stadium where I played to the new one.

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The crisp, cool and clear night is the ideal condition to watch the first major fall celestial show: the Orionid meteor shower . For the Orionid shower, the debris you can see is actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley's comet.

With the Lakers, James does not have a strong supporting cast like he did when he left Cleveland for Miami eight years ago.

The San Antonio Spurs acquired four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, a former NBA Finals MVP who played only nine games last season because of injury.

The club split their four-game season series a year ago, with the Thunder winning the first two contests, including a 20-point blowout at Golden State on February 6.

Cleveland edged Boston in the opening game before Houston ruined Golden State's championship ring celebration with a victory over the Warriors in the nightcap. Decimated by injuries in their backcourt during the preseason after losing Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the offseason, the Spurs are no lock for a 22nd straight playoff appearance that would equal the National Basketball Association record set by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1949-71.

"It helped me more so mentally just to get away from the game for a minute and miss it", Green said.

"That's the thing I'm most proud of with our team", Curry said. However, they will have a chance to change that this year behind developing star Nikola Jokic and a fully healthy Paul Millsap. "There's teams that can, but you've got to do it, and you're going to have to do it four times".

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