Daly Dose 11-06-19 What to watch in CBB and the NBA

This week on the Daly Dose, yesterday was National Love Your Red Hair Day, and we take a look at some of the best red haired athletes in history. 

College basketball got started last night and we have already seen a few upsets, and we can expect a new No1 team next week. 

The first college football playoff rankings came out last night. Did the committee botch the rankings?

Last weekend, we saw a couple of college football teams get themselves back into the college football playoff picture, and one college football team is already pulling the plug on their head coach. 

The New England Patriots suffered their first loss of the season, and the Daly Dose I-Team explains why NFL fans should worry about Josh Gordon joining the Seattle Seahawks. 

Then, we take an early look at the college basketball and NBA seasons. Who are the top teams? Who are some of the up and coming teams? What new rules have been instituted this year? We preview a few of the top stories to watch this season in basketball. 

Finally, with the Houston Astros losing the World Series to the Washington Nationals last week, we countdown the Top 5 forgotten heroes that came up short in a championship game or series!

Daly Dose 10-24-18 The 2018 World Series is underway

Wednesday on the Daly Dose, the World Series is underway, as the Boston Red Sox topped the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1. Is there any reason to think this series could go down to the wire?

In the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton seems to be getting a little nervous about his team’s slow start, and we take a look at which teams are expected to be the top contenders in both the NBA and the college basketball season!

We also take a look back at some sports history as we lost one of the most important sports figures in history on this day!

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Daly Dose #155 The Daly Dose NBA Preview

This week on the Daly Dose, we are previewing the 2017-2018 NBA season! We know that the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the heavy favorites but can anyone challenge them? Our picks for the NBA Finals as well as league MVP and Rookie of the Year!

We have  HUGE announcement concerning the future of the Daly Dose Podcast!

There were some major overreactions in college football, and we discuss what the latest games could mean to the college football playoff.

The NFL is in the middle of a strange season. How many MUST see teams are actually in the league right now?

And we count down the Top 5 ways that Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be spending his time on suspension!

Listen here to Daly Dose #155 The Daly Dose NBA Preview!

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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.

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.

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

Episode 48 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast is up!

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast brings you our NBA preview! Breakdowns for each team and Clint gives his picks for who will be playing in the NBA Finals. Plus World Series, college football, and NFL talk. And do you still need a Halloween costume? We count down the Top 5 sports themed Halloween costumes that you can use this year! Check out Episode 48!

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The Daly Dose Sports NBA Preview: Southwest Division

Our final NBA preview!

NBA Southwest

Western Conference Southwest

(Predicted order of finish)

Team Outlook
1. San Antonio Spurs The Spurs responded to getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year by signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. Aldridge is a significant upgrade to the Spurs as a scorer and he seems to have a boring enough personality to fit right in with those robot nerds down there.
2. Houston Rockets You might look at the Rockets and consider them a favorite to contend for the West after they went to the Conference Finals last year. But there are still a number of questions that remain to be answered. How will James Harden deal with being jilted by a Kardashian? Can 30 year old Dwight Howard stay healthy? And what is really in Ty Lawsons’ water bottle?
3. New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis might be the best young player in the NBA today. For the second straight year he led the league in blocked shots, was fourth in scoring, and eighth in rebounds. Of course, Tyreke Evans is already hurt and we know that Eric Gordon can never stay healthy. So if the Pelicans are going to make the playoffs Davis will have to play at an All-World level.  So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
4. Memphis Grizzlies If I was going to head into a back alley brawl, I would want to take this team with me. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Tony Allen are some bad dudes. Unfortunately this isn’t a street fight. It’s basketball. And this team is another year older and still can’t shoot.
5. Dallas Mavericks Sure, the Mavs may not have had the best offseason. Rim protector Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. And talented shooter Monta Ellis has joined the Pacers in Indiana.  And Dirk Nowitzki is just another year older.

It isn’t all bad news though. At least free agent C DeAndre Jordan said he would go to Dallas, which should really help.

Did you miss the Southeast Preview?

Or the Atlantic Preview?