August is not known for being the most exciting month of the NBA season but that does not mean there is nothing to report. The draft is over, most of the free agents have signed, and there are no Olympics to entertain us but there are still happenings going on in the basketball world.
The biggest news of the week was the release of the 2009-2010 NBA schedule which is peppered with exciting match ups and began a three month period of speculation and arguments on who will stand on the podium next June hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. The biggest day of the season falls on Christmas Day, where the NBA has all the big guns working with five games on the menu. The main course will be Shaquille O’Neal’s first game against the Lakers as a member of the Cavaliers, which also happens to be the match up between the past two league Most Valuable Players, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
The next big slice of news was the agreement between Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers on a five year extension worth nearly $82 million. Roy was Portland’s only All-Star the past two seasons and is the nucleus of a very talented up and coming team. By securing Roy the Trail Blazers have assured themselves and their fans that they are serious about becoming a championship quality team in the next few years.
In an unexpected story out of Orlando, Magic guard Rashard Lewis was suspended ten games following a failed drug test where Lewis reportedly tested positive for high testosterone levels. Lewis claimed the failed test was the result of an over the counter supplement that contained a substance currently banned by the NBA.
That was the week that was in the NBA. With the release of the schedule the NBA fan can finally start to look ahead to the 2009-2010 season as fans of every team look forward and determine their chances of taking the title.