If you haven’t started a blog post by tweet-quoting yourself, you’ve never lived. I’m off work today and was supposed to spend the day with my family but instead woke up at 12:30 with awful congestion and chills. So I’m just laying here in bed typing this. Consider this one a freebie that wouldn’t have happened were it not for my current misfortune.
The tweet above captures my predicament. Most of you replied in agreement. Another great point raised by Kevin Glass, a writer for this web site, is that the team swiftly and resoundingly answered the one question facing them: Russell Westbrook and James Harden can co-exist on offense and likely will produce the best offense in the league. The underlying query was supposed to be the early subplot to the 2019-2020 season for the Rockets.
Nothing else really matters. Oh we need to see if they can tighten the screws defensively (they likey will), but there’s almost an air of inevitability to the season. None of this really matters until April and then we see if the team can finally make it over the top.
This could never happen, for various financial considerations, but I cannot even imagine the anticipation that would result from the forced scarcity of a 16-game schedule, with one game a week, akin to the NFL. I’ve said before that I don’t believe the NFL is inherently more entertaining than the NBA. We’d be hanging on every one of Harden’s stepbacks. Each game would be an event. 40 point triple doubles would have meaning.
I will say though that after Saturday’s game, I am feeling a little bit more excited. Russ and Harden sure are entertaining to watch. Hopefully as the Astros’ Game 7 disaster is left further in the rear view mirror, I can get back to enjoying this team.