All 22 teams playing in the NBA restart on July 30 need to find their rhythm fast, or else they’ll find themselves struggling early in the Playoffs.
Each team entering Disney World in July carry with them a piece of aspiration for the NBA Finals. However, the dream is farther from reality for teams that are virtually out of the Playoff picture.
All 22 teams will come out of three months of suspended playing. They will also enter their training camps almost at the same time. In other words, the playing field has been leveled, and it will be up to the teams whether they will compete or not. Below are the teams that have the most to play for in the restart.
Los Angeles Lakers’ legacy
Lebron James and the rest of the Lakers enter the restart with a chip on their shoulders. They carry the heavyweight of the passing of late and great Kobe Bryant.
The reality is Lebron James has a two-pronged goal this season. First is to honor Kobe Bryant’s death with an NBA championship for the Lakers. Second is to solidify his all-time great status and to silence all doubters. If he wins one more ring for the purple and gold, he will finally complete his villain to hero transformation.
Memphis Grizzlies NBA restart aspirations
The Grizzlies are a young team, and they have a bright future ahead. However, their youth isn’t a big deterrent for them to dream big. They are currently sitting on the eighth spot in the West. They stand to face the high and mighty Lakers in the first rounds.
On the other side of the spectrum, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans are breathing down their necks. Nevertheless, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies aren’t expected to give up the spot without a fight.
Philadelphia 76ers and their team chemistry
Tobias Harris admitted earlier this week that the chemistry of the team hadn’t been the best. Nevertheless, they are ready to give their fans a good run in the NBA restart. They’re currently sitting on the sixth spot in the East, and may face the Celtics in the first round. However, they may still buy time if they move up the ladder and take over the Heat’s or the Pacers’ spots.
San Antonio Spurs’ Playoffs streak
The young San Antonio Spurs may lose the franchise’s 22-year streak in the Playoffs. Nevertheless, the focus of the Spurs will be on player development, according to Spurs General Manager Brian Wright.
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