Tonight, the NBA 2015-2016 campaign opens up. The Golden State Warriors will look to defend their championship as they open up the season against New Orleans tonight at 10:30. The local favorite, the New York Knicks, kick off their season tomorrow against the Bucks. Head coach Derek Fischer and General manager Phil Jackson will look to improve from their .207 winning percentage last season. Many moves have been made this past off-season to help the team improve from an embarrassing 17 wins to a greater count. Kristaps Porzingis was drafted 4th overall by the Knicks in June. The team also traded away future star Tim Hardaway Jr and received Jerian Grant.
“This team is looking much better than last year, but I don’t see them making the playoffs for a few years,” sophomore Matt Cassera said, “Porzingis, and [Carmelo] Anthony are great pieces for a playoff run but everyone else is nothing special.”
The rival team across the river is looking promising. The Nets went a mediocre 38-44 last season but made the playoffs by squeezing in as the 8th seed team. They were eliminated in six games by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. “I’m positive the Nets will be as good as or better than last year,” sophomore Sam Lombino said, “The addition of Thaddeus Young will be huge for the offense.”
The Nets kick off their season tomorrow against the Chicago Bulls at 7:30.
The Cavaliers, coming off an Eastern Conference Championship are not as strong as they were in at the end of last year. Lebron James is having serious back issues, and stud Kyrie Irving is still having trouble rehabbing from his knee injury, which occurred during the 2015 finals.
This season will be exciting.