NBA Preview: The Pacific Division

Western Conference

Pacific Division

(Predicted order of finish)

NBA Pacific

1. Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant decided if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em, so he took his talents to the Bay area where the Warriors will be favored in all 82 games this season.

Unless they go up 3-1 in a playoff series. Then all bets are off.

 

2. Los Angeles Clippers

The Achilles heel for this team has been the lack of depth behind their starting five, so they went and signed Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights, and Brandon Bass.

So on paper, it looks like the Clippers have gotten significantly better.  

If they can stay healthy, and if the cards break just right, they could maybe…possibly…finish 2nd.

 

3. Phoenix Suns

Phoenix imploded last year, with injuries and team disputes disrupting any chances of success.  

The Suns are not without talent. Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, PJ Tucker, and Devin Booker are a solid nucleus.

And rookie Dragan Bender should be interesting to watch.

And by “interesting” we mean disappointing.

 

4. Sacramento Kings

Kings VP Vlade Divac decided that he would completely rebuild his roster, and coaching staff, to try and keep troubled big man DeMarcus Cousins happy.

It didn’t work, and Cousins is still not pleased.

We are on Cousins’ side and would like to offer a realistic solution.

Make Boogie player/coach, and give us  reason to actually watch this dreadful franchise.

 

5. Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant finally hung it up, but they have some young talent like Jordan Clarkson D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle. And they signed some decent veterans in Luol Deng and Timofey Mosgov.

But until they get rid of some dead weight they are going to continue to struggle.

No not Swaggy P.

We meant Jim Buss.

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Daly Dose #100 The 100th Episode

This week we celebrate our 100th episode on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Clint reads some listener emails, makes a phone call to a fan of the show, and gives his pick for the World Series. Who will win between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians?

In college football this weekend, Ohio State was upset, how does that affect the National Championship picture? And which surprise teams might actually be legitimate contenders?

A few NFL teams got surprised with a loss this past week. Should the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers,Minnesota Vikings, or Arizona Cardinals be concerned? Or were those losses no big deal?

Finally we count down the Top 5 reasons that NFL ratings are actually down so far this season.

You don’t want to miss this very special episode of the Daly Dose!

Check out Daly Dose #100 The 100th episode!

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NBA Preview: The Southeast Division preview

Eastern Conference

Southeast Division

(Predicted order of finish)

NBA Southeast

1. Atlanta Hawks

Sure, the Hawks lost Al Horford and Jeff Teague, but they did pick up big man Dwight Howard. So there goes all of that team chemistry and general likeability.

2. Washington Wizards

The Wizards had two goals this offseason: sign Kevin Durant and/or sign Al Horford. They struck out on both of those, but they did get rid of head coach Randy Wittman. So that’s a positive. Besides, people in Washington are used to ruined expectations.

3. Orlando Magic

The Magic went out in the offseason and made some very solid moves. They hired new head coach Frank Vogel, a no nonsense coach that has playoff experience.  And they brought in some good talent in Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo, and Jodie Meeks. So who is going to get the blame if this group can’t show some improvement and reach the playoffs? Probably Dwight Howard.

4. Miami Heat

Remember when the Heat had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh and we’re planning on winning 6…7…or 8 championships? Now all three of those players are gone. Along with most of the people who claimed to be Heat fans.

5. Charlotte Hornets

Sometimes I dreamed, that he was me

You’ve got to see that’s how I dreamed to be

But then I saw him run a team

Like Mike, I no longer want to be like Mike

 

NBA Preview: The Northwest Division preview

Western Conference

NBA Northwest

Northwest Division

(Predicted order of finish)

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

The good news is that even though Kevin Durant decided to take his talents to the Bay area, we still think that the Thunder are going to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

The bad news is that with KD out of the way, Russell Westbrook may just shoot every single shot for this team for the entire season.

2. Utah Jazz

The Jazz are a very young talented group, that could actually make a push for the playoffs. if they can stay healthy.

Last season, they lost Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, and Alec Burks for a number of games.

Of course they did also allow Kobe Bryant to go for 60 in the final game of the season.

So if they see a bunch of old guys, way past their prime, they may not fare so well.

That’s really bad news if they run into San Antonio or the Clippers.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

Yes they are young, but this group has talent, and could be good for years to come.

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio, and Zach Levine are a nucleus that could contend in the very near future. And now with the addition of head coach Tom Thibodeau we know this group will learn how to work at an elite level.

And also, that they will constantly be suffering from season long nagging injuries.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers surprised everyone last year going 44-38, making the playoffs, and actually testing the Warriors in the first round.

And they picked up Festus Ezeli, in the offseason to beef up their frontcourt, which was a weakness at times last year.

So now if things go really well, they just might be able to…well…make the playoffs and maybe test the Warriors in the first round again.

5. Denver Nuggets

It isn’t that we hate what the Nuggets are doing.

They are putting together some good young talent like Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, and Jamal Murray with experienced veterans Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari.

It is just that there isn’t much room in the Western Conference for them to move up.

But if it makes them feel any better, we think they could be like a No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

So there’s that.

Daly Dose #99 The Presidential Interviews

With the 2016 Presidential Election coming in just a few weeks, this week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we sit down with the presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!

Clint asks each candidate some very direct questions, and gets some very direct answers, that just might sway your vote!

Plus we look at some of the top NFL stories, a look at the MLB Playoffs, and a college football mid-season report.

And then we count down the Top 5 lowest ranked college football teams in history, that ended up winning the National Championship!

This a very special episode of the Dose that you do not want to miss!

Check out Episode #99 The Presidential Interviews

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NBA Preview: The Central Division preview

Eastern Conference

NBA Central

Central Division

(Predicted order of finish)

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

The city of Cleveland has been wishing for a championship for 52 years and LeBron James fulfilled his promise to deliver one. Of course, they were really hoping for a ring for the Browns or the Indians. So it’s sort of like when you opened your Christmas present that you thought was a new Xbox , but it turned out to be a sweater. I mean it’s a nice sweater but…

 

2. Indiana Pacers

Larry Bird was not content with just making the playoffs last year, so he fired head coach Frank Vogel, and retooled his roster yet again. He hired Nate McMillan and then made moves to bring Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young to Indiana.

This group actually looks pretty good, at least on paper.

The problem is they look pretty undersized in real life.

 

3. Detroit Pistons

In 2014 Stan Van Gundy took over as the head coach and president of basketball operations of the Pistons, and took a team that had gone 29-53 before he arrived, to the playoffs last season.

Detroit was 44-38 and showed that Van Gundy is capable of turning most anything around.

Well…except for Andre Drummond’s horrible free throw shooting.

 

4. Chicago Bulls

Just one year ago, we were all thinking that maybe Chicago could battle with Cleveland, and be a contender in the Eastern Conference.

Now Derrick Rose is gone, Pau Gasol is gone, Joakim Noah is gone, and the Bulls are coming off of a dismal season in which they were barely above .500.

What a difference a year makes.

But one thing hasn’t changed in that year.

Dwayne Wade didn’t get any younger.

 

5. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks struggled last season with higher expectations, but don’t be surprised if this group responds with a strong showing this year.

They have a good young nucleus with Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis AtekuAntetonkouAntetenkAnktekomAntentokunum…the Greek Freak.

 

NBA Preview: The Southwest Division preview

Western Conference

NBA Southwest

Southwest Division

(Predicted order of finish)

 

1. San Antonio Spurs

How much will the loss of Tim Duncan really affect the always resilient Spurs?

Last season he averaged career lows in points, rebounds, and minutes played.

But if nothing else, his retirement does drop the average age of the roster from 74 to 65.

Just wait until Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili hang it up.

They might get that average age down into the teens.

 

2. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs didn’t just stand pat after their surprising 42 win season, that earned them the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

They went out and signed former Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to add into the mix.

So as Dirk Nowitzki finishes out his career, he can watch Bogut sitting on the bench injured, and Barnes clanking open shot after open shot.

Enjoy your twilight years, Dirk!

 

3. Houston Rockets

For a number of years, the Rockets have fought the contention that they are only concerned with their offensive game.

With the hiring of head coach Mike D’Antoni Houston can finally put that argument to rest.

Defense is officially for suckers!

 

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The core of the always physical Grizzlies remains the same with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, and Mike Conley returning for their seventh season together.

But the Achilles heel for this group, has been their struggle to shoot from the perimeter.

So they went and signed knockdown shooter Chandler Parsons, who will either give them a bona-fide outside threat, or be given a wedgie and stuffed into his locker by his teammates.

 

5. New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans bottomed out last year, winning just 30 games, when do-everything forward Anthony Davis missed 21 games with various injuries.

But there is a reason that Davis is all-universe in the Big Easy.

It is primarily because Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, and the rest of the entire team are always injured and Davis literally has to do everything.

Daly Dose #98 When sports fans attack!

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we are talking about the MLB postseason. In the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers, and the Cleveland Indians surprised the Boston Red Sox. And we have some tight competition in the National League, as the Los Angeles Dodgers battle the Washington Nationals, and the Chicago Cubs try to get past the San Francisco Giants.

We also hand out a few MLB awards, now that the regular season is over. Who are the MVPs? Managers of the Year? Rookies of the Year? And we give our choice for the Cy Young Award.

In the National Football League we are now starting to see certain teams take a step forward while others begin to fall behind. And a certain quarterbackis finally going to make some news on the field.

And this week in college football, we have some questions about what is going on at Texas A&M after their win over the Tennessee Volunteers.

Plus, we saw some fans going crazy down at the Miami vs. Florida State game, so we count down the Top 5 memorable times when sports fans attack!

Be sure to check out Episode 98: When sports fans attack!

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NBA Preview: The Atlantic Division preview

Eastern Conference


Atlantic Division

(Predicted order of finish)

1. Boston Celtics

The Celtics have put together some good pieces with a number of playmakers like Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder. But they still lacked a big man to fortify things inside. Now they have added power forward Al Horford via free agency, making them a legitimate contender. Well…not a championship contender. But they’ll contend for the chance to get beat by Cleveland.

 

2. Toronto Raptors

The big concern for Toronto heading into the past two offseasons was whether or not they could retain guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. But they overcame that obstacle, with Lowry signing last year and DeRozan signing a five year deal this past summer.

So that’s taken care of.

Don’t forget, the Raptors were near the peak of their game last year, just two wins away from the NBA Finals.

Now begins the slide back to mediocrity.

 

3. New York Knicks

Don’t look now, but the Knicks have completely rebuilt their roster.

Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, and Joakim Noah have now joined Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis in the Big Apple.

If this was 2010, this roster would really look loaded.

But it’s 2016, and this roster is loaded with nagging injuries.

 

4. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are in dire need of a rebuild, but they have very limited resources.

They have traded away their top draft selections for players that haven’t worked out.

And the players they do have won’t fetch much on the trading block.

But they do have Jeremy Lin and Anthony Bennett.

So I guess there’s that.

 

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Finally, there is hope for the 76ers!

With the past past injuries to top draft picks Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, Philly finally landed a player that can change their fortunes.

Versatile forward Ben Simmons can be a key player for years to come, and is drawing comparisons to Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Oh he’s already hurt too?

Nevermind, there’s always next year.

 

Coming next: The Southwest Division

Daly Dose #97 Winners and losers

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look at some of the biggest winners and losers from another exciting week in college football and the NFL!

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan had a good week, the San Francisco 49ers got some bad news, and why the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer may want to avoid the team doctors.

It was an exciting week in college football as one Heisman candidate might be out of the race, a kicker got to talk some trash, and the military academies are holding their own.

Plus, we take a look at the Major League Baseball playoffs and make our picks for who should advance in the Wild Card games, and we even talk a little NBA preseason news.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 quarterbacks to be suspended by the National Football League!

Be sure to check out Episode 97 Winners and Losers!

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