Well everyone, we made it! Wait, no I donâ€™t mean to the end of the semester, but through one month of the topsyÂturvy NBA season.
So much has happened so far that no one could predict, so letâ€™s take a look at some of the biggest storylines from the Association one month in.
I almost feel bad for writing about the (at the time of this writing) 19Â0 Golden State Warriors.
Not only is this the best start for a team in NBA history, but since they won the last three games of last seasonâ€™s NBA Finals, the warriors are on a 23 game win streak.
This ranks as the third longest win streak in NBA history.
So, they are pretty much setting all kinds of records.
This is probably due to the fact that their roster has stayed healthy, which is especially important for their interior defense through Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli. Add in the everÂ-present defensive punch of Draymond Green and the athleticism of Andre Iguodala and the Warriors make for an incredibly wellÂ-rounded team.
Oh yeah, there is also Stephen Curry (averaging 5 three pointers a game, and 34 points) but I will refrain from gushing over his highlight-Âheavy year for a third straight week.
The Opposite of Perfection
Just as the sun has the moon, yin has yang, and the PODâ€™s chicken sandwich has the weird Mabee equivalent, the Warriors have the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers are currently 1Â18 but even that does not tell the whole story. Before Dec. 1, 2015 the 76ers actually had not won since Mar. 25, 2015, which was a little under a month before the last NBA season ended.
What could make this worse?
How about the 1st pick in the NBA draft, Jahlil Okafor reportedly getting into fights outside clubs, going over 100 mph on a Philadelphia bridge and attempting to use a fake ID at a bar (he is 19).
Yes, you read that right.
If any of you see him at Bayâ€™s this Thursday, just know something is not quite right.
I am going to give the award of biggest disappointment (narrowly beating out Anthony Davis and the Pelicans) to the chemistry experiment goneÂ-wrong Houston Rockets.
I am actually baffled by the start the Rockets have had. They have only amassed 7 wins and have tallied 11 losses so far this season.
What is even more unimpressive is their losses, who have come against basketball powerhouses (sarcasm) like the Denver Nuggets (twice), the New York Knickerbockers and the Detroit Pistons.
Now I am not saying any of these teams are 76ers-Âlevel bad, but last season, all of these games would have been looked at as relatively easy wins.
This can be partially attributed to the firing of former head coach Kevin McHale, the horrible numbers put up by Ty Lawson (averaging a career low 7 points per game and a measly 4 assists), and the comicÂ-relief of James Hardenâ€™s defense.
Yes, the New York Draftee Kristaps Porzingis appears to be the real McCoy. Through the storm of draftÂ day booing from Knicks fans, Porzingis has given us some of the best highlights of the year so far.
In fact, some even began to use his name as a verb to indicate a ferocious putback dunk (â€œPorzingisingâ€) because of the smattering he served up against the Knicks early competition.
The rookie is averaging 13 points and 9.3 assists (almost a doubleÂdouble) through the first quarter of the NBA season and has given the Knicksâ€™ â€œbooersâ€ their own foot to eat on most of his outings.
With his versatile size, solid footwork, and three point range, the 20Â-year-old Latvian is drawing comparisons to the likes of Dirk Nowitzki.
Look for Porzingis to be a surpriseÂrookie of the year contender if his good fortune on the court continues.
Wave Goodbye to the Bean
The last major story this year was just legitimized as Kobe Bryant announced that this is his last year playing in the NBA. With enough champion rings to fill out one, very shiny hand, Kobe will play out the end of his NBA days as a true champion of basketball.
Did he have bumps along the way? Yes. Was he accused of breaking the law in a fairly heinous fashion in the middle of his career? Yes. There is no doubt that he became a controversial character in the basketball landscape.
What is not controversial is the fact that Kobe was, and is the epitome of passion, and dedication for my generation of athletes and spectators.
From the behindÂtheÂback reverse jam against Denver, to the Michael JordanÂesque game winner in Phoenix, watching Kobe was guaranteed to bring out the â€œDid you see that?â€ and â€œIs he even human?â€ questions.
Anyone interested in watching the Black Mamba on campus should note his final appearances against the Spurs next friday, the 11, Jan. 22, and Feb. 6 and 19.