(I had issues getting my picture to upload. It was a picture of D-Will telling Carmelo Anthony to “bring it”)
The NBA regular season is finally here, and the Utah Jazz are set to kick off against the Denver Nuggets tonight. This is the same Denver Nuggets team that won the Northwest Division last season due to a tiebreaker over the Jazz. This is also the same Denver Nuggets team that got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by the Jazz. The point is, these teams cannot wait to get a hold of each other in the opening game.
One person who is particularly excited about this opening game matchup is Denver’s star forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who had trade rumors swirling around his name all offseason long, remained with the only team he has ever played for in the NBA, and he could not be happier about his first opponent of the 2010-11 season.
According to the Deseret News, Anthony said,
“I think the NBA was reading my mind. They granted my wish. I wanted Utah first game. I know it’s going to be a lot of excitement. They got us in the playoffs last year. We kept that in mind.”
If I was Carmelo Anthony I would probably say the same thing. The Nuggets were stacked with talent last season, yet they got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by a depleted Utah Jazz team. That has to be frustrating if you are as talented as Anthony is. He knows that the Jazz have a tough time guarding him, and he could probably go for 30+ whenever he feels like it, but the Jazz seem to find ways to offset that.
Despite Carmelo’s frustration and excitement, the Jazz know that they also have something to prove in Denver as they kick off their 2010-11 campaign. With some losses and some new additions to the Jazz roster, everybody is wondering exactly how this team will perform this season. There are a lot of positive things being said, and with a perfect 8-0 preseason record there hasn’t been much reason to say anything otherwise.
But remember, this is the regular season. It’s time to take off those training wheels and ride that bicycle on two wheels for the first time. That time is tonight, in front of a hostile crowd at the Pepsi Center. If you think Carmelo Anthony is going to be excited, you better listen to the crowd, as you know that they are going to give it their all for their hometown heroes. With the Denver Broncos getting off to a 2-5 start (following a 59-14 dismantling by the Oakland Raiders), you know that the Mile High crowd is going to have to shift their hopes elsewhere. Unfortunately for the Jazz, they will have to be subjected to that hysteria. But on the bright side, the Jazz have a coach who has been through it all, and a point guard who can handle the pressure with the best of them. It’s not going to be easy, but in order to achieve greatness, it never is.
Are you ready for the 2010-11 NBA season? Let’s get it on!
Who will be the leading scorer tonight?
- Al Jefferson (55%, 41 Votes)
- Deron Williams (31%, 23 Votes)
- Paul Millsap (7%, 5 Votes)
- Other (4%, 3 Votes)
- Andrei Kirilenko (3%, 2 Votes)
- Gordon Hayward (1%, 1 Votes)
- CJ Miles (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 75