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NBA Season Opener's announced!

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After a period of off-court tactics, players’ decision making, coaches being sacked and hired, and a rather dull NBA merchandise, there is much respite in this much needed announcement of the season opener NBA 2010-11.

Dwight Howard in India: NBA has truely a global face

Dwight Howard in India: NBA truly has a global face

And what better way to tip off than put The Celtics against the recently formed all-new-look-power trio in the NBA – the Miami Heat! On the other side of the league, it is the Lakers who receive their championship rings and tip off against Houston Rockets, who have their All-Star centre Yao Ming back in the ranks. Although much can be said about the upcoming season of NBA, let’s just wait and watch the Heats power trio go against the Boston Celtics‘ Big 3. As usual, the league is predicted to churn out a dog-fight in the East for the top spot, and another dog-fight in the West for positions 2-8.

Meanwhile, there is the big man: the one who has seen and done it all – Shaquille O’Neal. While rumours say he will be going to Boston this NBA season after having run out of superstars to associate with, only the big man knows how much more he can take at this level of the game at his stage of the career. And lets not forget the much-acclaimed rookies point guard John Wall and Centre Demarcus Cousins, both of whom set ablaze the Vegas Summer league with scintillating performances.

And while we are at it, due attention should be given to Kevin Durant-led US national team at the FIBA championships in Turkey starting 28 August. While some big names are missing from the US Side as well as defending champion Spain’s captain Pau Gasol out of play, nevertheless the fresh faces will sure be a treat to watch as Durant powers up this all-new USA side for a title-go.

Meanwhile, the fact that Dwight Howard, the best big man in NBA currently, has visited India is the most talked about thing in the Indian basketball circles. With NBA trying to bring a global face to basketball, this step will sure go a long way in inspiring young centres across the sub-continent to fight hard for the coveted NBA drafts. More on this and everything else in the world of basketball soon to follow!

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