Robin Lopez on NBA's wild offseason: 'It was pretty exciting as a fan of basketball'

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:53:01 PM. NBA regular season officially begins Tuesday with Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving playing for the Celtics against Wade, Derrick Rose and an injured Isaiah Thomas joining LeBron James on the Cavaliers.
players are NBA fans too. So like many league observers, they also watched with interest the wild offseason that featured , , , , , , , and changing teams. "It's fairly unprecedented," veteran said. "It was pretty exciting as a fan of basketball. There are some intriguing matchups and really good teams I can't wait to play against." The NBA regular season officially begins Tuesday with Hayward and Irving playing for the Celtics against Wade, and an injured Thomas joining on the Cavaliers. The late game features Paul and for the Rockets against the Warriors, who are as heavily favored to win the NBA title as any team in recent memory. "Is there any way?" said, repeating part of the question on whether there's any way the Warriors don't win the title. "I mean, they play us." Holiday, who owns a ring from the 2014-15 Warriors, added a quick laugh. But his competitive mindset is a reminder why games are actually played and preseason prognostications are simply that. "Obviously, they have the best chance right now," Holiday said. "But we're all playing to get to that spot. So I think teams are going to challenge them. They have a great team. But the rest of us aren't just going to lie down." Go West: Both Lopez and Holiday cited the Thunder acquiring Anthony and George as the most surprising moves from the tremendously turbulent offseason. "It got drug out for so long that I was thinking, 'Maybe he'll just be back in New York again,'" Holiday said of Anthony, his teammate last...Read more
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