Some people say the NBA season doesn’t really start until Christmas. Well, we disagree. On this episode of the W.H.A.T. Pod, Tara and Kendyl talk about all the fun, exciting, and unexpected things that happened the first 10 weeks of the NBA season. We can’t imagine waiting until Christmas to watch the NBA, but just in case you did, we’ve picked out all our favorite highlights around the Association.
2:00 Big game, big injury: Cavs vs Celtics and Gordon Hayward goes down, impressive performances by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
5:00 Injury bug bites early
7:23 Eric Bledsoe’s Tweet heard around the league
10:50 Early Coach firings, Earl Watson and David Fizdale
12:58 Surprisingly fast starts and what we think about the East vs West so far
19:30 Outstanding rookies and LeBron’s active interest in the young players
24:28 Will LeBron be NBA Commissioner some day?
26:40 Rundown of some statistical highlights (via Basketball Reference) and Is this LeBron’s best year?
30:20 How stars are fitting in on their new teams.
32:52 How tough is the Northwest Division
37:20 Players who surprised us
40:09 Referee drama and intrigue (Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players)
50:34 What we are hoping for the Blazer’s for the rest of the year.
57:00 What is the trade deadline going to be like?
59:00 Blazers Edge night
Women’s Hops And Talks (W.H.A.T.)
Join other #BlazersWHAT fans to watch a game together once a month. Next watch party is January 14 at McMenamins on Broadway when the Trail Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Stats unless otherwise noted are from Basketball Reference
Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License