We’re well over a month into the NBA season and it’s been interesting to say the very least. We have seen some insane performances, some absolute duds, a monster blockbuster trade, and of course, some Bachelor-esque drama. The NBA moves at a quick pace and if you aren’t paying attention at all times, it can be hard to keep up.
Honestly, you could look away from the NBA for a month and before you know it, the Nets now play on Long Island, Kevin Durant is on the Miami Heat, Brad Stevens now coaches the Lakers, and Meta World Peace is coming out of retirement. And if we are being honest, none of that would be all that surprising. So let’s take a look at some of the bigger storylines from the first month of the NBA.
James Harden is traded to Brooklyn
This one takes the cake and is one of the most massive blockbuster trades that we have seen recently in the NBA. It seems like James Harden literally wore a fat suit to get his way and that’s the way that cookie crumbles.
In return for Harden, it seemed like 100 players and 1000 draft picks were swapped in the process. Houston acquired Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs from the Nets, Dante Exum from the Cleveland Cavaliers, three first-round picks from the Nets, one first-round pick from the Cavaliers via the Milwaukee Bucks, and four first-round pick swaps from the Nets.
Confusing, right? We think so too.
Caris LeVert diagnosed with Cancer
Sometimes you need the universe to work in your favor and it did exactly that with LeVert who was traded in the Harden deal from the Nets to the Pacers. When NBA trades go down, all teams put their new players through physicals before the trade is accepted to make sure they are all good.
For LeVert, there was a mass found in his kidney during the physical that was later found to be cancerous. LeVert just recently had surgery to remove that mass and will be back better than ever. Thank god for James Harden being a whiny little B……
The Splash Bros aren’t hitting
At one point over the last decade, the Golden State Warriors simply could not miss from three. Between Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and at one point Kevin Durant, the splash bros looked like a full-functioning water park.
But times have changed and those teams aren’t intact anymore, especially with Klay down with injury. There was hope that Kelly Oubre could come in and do a bang-up job but it has been quite the opposite. At one point he was 1-25 to start the year shooting threes and there is already talks about him being traded.
The Heat are getting, uh innovative
On a non-court subject, the Miami Heat are bringing in COVID-19 sniffing dogs. No, you didn’t just switch over to an onion article. This is very real. Here is a quote about the dogs.
“We’re familiar with explosive detection canines, drug dogs and so forth, and in this case, the dogs are trained on the odor of the virus, or the metabolic changes of a person that produce an odor that they can be trained to alert to,” said Kenneth Furton, the provost and executive vice president of Florida International University, which developed a task force to train Covid-detecting dogs.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com