Will the NBA season ever get going?

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant listens during a news conference following NBA labor meetings in New York October 4, 2011. The fate of the upcoming National Basketball Association (NBA) season remained in doubt on Tuesday as labor talks between team owners and the players union broke down. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SPORT BASKETBALL)

Are you getting restless yet? Perhaps the NBA isn’t quite as popular as the NFL, but a work stoppage will still piss off most sports fans.

It’s unfortunate for NBA fans since we’re coming off an incredible Finals which saw Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks upset the most hated sports team in recent memory.

The Miami Heat were rolling towards a championship until they started celebrating early and blew game two. Then we had the LeBron James meltdown, as he consistently disappeared in the fourth quarter and seemed to completely wilt under pressure. Cavs fans felt vindicated, as the rest of the country saw what Cavs fans saw the year before when LeBron checked out against the Celtics.

Can LeBron come back and salvage his image? There are reports that he’s finally been working on a post-up game, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

Can Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh carry LeBron is they make it back to the Finals? Both guys played like champs but were let down by the self-proclaimed king.

Can Dallas repeat the magic? It’s hard to imagine Dirk Nowitzki and the gang replicating their run, but they have to be up there as one of the favorites.

Can Kobe reclaim the mantle as the best player? He had a tough year as he battled through some injuries.

And speaking of Boston, are they too old? Will Danny Ainge make another disastrous trade to destroy their season.

These are just some of the fun storylines we should be looking forward too. Hopefully the mediator will bring both greedy sides together to get a deal done so we can start having fun looking over NBA basketball odds and arguing over who can win it all in 2012.


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