Cory Van Gilst- Staff Writer
Last week, the 2016-17 NBA regular season tipped off in Cleveland as the Cavaliers set down their championship rings to take on the New York Knicks. This matchup featured the start of a title defense for Cleveland and the reworked Knicks, just two of the many storylines to follow this season.
On the West coast, a team bent on revenge rolled out its over-talented starting five for the first time. After losing in the Finals last year, the Golden State Warriors added All-Star Kevin Durant to their lineup with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Outside of Cleveland and Golden State, several teams are gearing up to steal the crown in June. Chicago shipped off its injury-riddled starters for Rajon Rondo and Chicago-native Dwayne Wade. The San Antonio Spurs are now Tim Duncan-less for the first time since the birth of many Dordt freshmen.
As the current contenders jockey for position at the top of the win-loss column, other teams – such as the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers – are looking to develop their greenhorns for future success. This season looks to be a long-haul to the finish line, full of uncertainties for restructured squads, coaches on hot seats and the potential of a third straight Golden State versus Cleveland Finals showdown.