RICE WORLD'S 1999-2000 NBA PREVIEW
presented by Miss Rice World 2000
by Gerry Wang with reporting from kurupt
HTML tweaking by Gerry & Rice
Tis the most wonderful time of the year............ la la la la la la
la la la laaaaaaaaaaa.
I'm pretty anxious, as you can see. =) Because it's time for NBA hoops!
Wow, seems just like yesterday when the Spurs battled the Knicks for the championship,
doesn't it? Yeah, yeah, I know, I said football time is the most wonderful time of the
year, but hell, I meant autumn.
Btw, I'm #8 out of 23,000 on Echelon Sports Fantasy Football. Let's see
some pats on my back. =) J/k. I need to reach #5 to get $200. Right now I'd only get $50.
Anyways, it's time for some NBA regular season action. I can't wait,
because now we finally get to see some decent highlights on TV. Football's only one day.
NBA is every day. No more baseball. Please. Get that shit over w/, and let's get dunks and
three pointers back on the evening news!
This season there will be a noticeable "parity" among the
NBA. <Ominous music> There's that word again. Thanks to an excellent draft class and
free agency, every team has improved itself to a certain extent. Of course, there are
still the perennial cellar dwellers that will remain in place ala the Dallas Mavericks.
But teams like the Clippers will come out of nowhere to shock people.
The Bulls will double their win total from last season. The Nets will be in first place
for a while. The Grizzlies will get their franchise high in victories. Portland will win
the championship.... and they'll do it by playing Charlotte in the Finals.......
Yessir, this season will be weird....... here's some more predictions:
-> This season's MVP will be Shaq. He's looked great this preseason, and playing under
a coach who can motivate him will undoubtedly make him even better.
-> Shaq will also be the Defensive Player of the Year. Just watch. Big man's gonna
bring da thunder. He won't be soft on the blocks anymore.
-> The Rookie of the Year will be Lamar Odom, completing a Los Angeles sweep of awards.
He's the smoothest, most versatile rookie since Magic Johnson. Steve Francis will be a
-> The Jazz will suck bad this year, as John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek tally a half a
season's worth of missed games due to injuries.
-> The Suckramento Kings will earn the right to be called Sacramento by yours truly.
-> The Detroit Pistons will continue to
-> Houston blazes into the playoffs only to be put out by the Lakers. Again.
-> San Antonio trades David Robinson, and narrowly misses reaching the Finals.
-> The 76ers turn lots of heads, as do the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns.
-> Indiana stinks this year and Larry Bird
leaves on a sad note.
-> Every team will honor Wilt Chamberlain's memory at one point in the season.
-> Every team will do either a "turn back" or "turn forward"
gimmick and issue freakin ugly uniforms for one game as a marketing ploy.
-> There will be at least one paternity suit against an NBA player.
Here's a rundown of how I
think the standings will end up at the end of the regular season, with Conference rank in
parenthesis. Click on each respective divisions for indepth analysis:
Portland Trailblazers (1)
Los Angeles Lakers (3)
Sacramento Kings (5)
Phoenix Suns (7)
Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
San Antonio Spurs (2)
Houston Rockets (4)
Utah Jazz (6)
Minnesota Timberwolves (8)
Charlotte Hornets (2)
Indiana Pacers (4)
Toronto Raptors (6)
Atlanta Hawks (8)
New York Knicks (1)
Miami Heat (3)
Philadelphia 76ers (5)
New Jersey Nets (7)
NBA PLAYOFFS 2000
Western Conference Finals
San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trailblazers
Eastern Conference Finals
Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks
2000 NBA Finals
Charlotte Hornets vs. Portland Trailblazers
2000 NBA Champions