Although the new NBA season 2021-2022 will resume in mid-October, the hype for the new season has been felt since the offseason, when a number of teams began to tweak their line-up and coaching personnel.
Unlike the previous season, this season the NBA returned the regular round format to 82 games, with the playoffs opening with a play-in tournament in mid-April. The NBA has also released the official schedule for the 2021-2022 season regular round matches by lifting the celebration of the NBA’s 75th anniversary as a big theme.
While waiting for the new season to arrive, what are the hottest topics that have colored the NBA’s offseason so far?
The 2019-20 season champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, have been one of the most active during the offseason this year. Veteran names such as Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony are some of the new recruits for this southern California team.
Finalists for the 2019-2020 season, the Miami Heat, are also actively strengthening their team by recruiting the 2019 NBA Finals Champion, Kyle Lowry, from the Toronto Raptors, and the Power Forward (PF) winner of this year’s final, PJ Tucker, from the Milwaukee Bucks.
His fellow Eastern Conference team, the Chicago Bulls, were actively involved in the transfer market by bringing in PG New Orleans Pelicans, Lonzo Ball, PG Los Angeles Lakers, Alex Caruso, to Small Forward (SF) DeMar Derozan from the San Antonio Spurs.
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In addition to shifting a number of important players, several teams also changed management and coaching personnel. The Boston Celtics promoted coach Brad Stevens as President of Basketball Operations to replace Danny Ainge, who retired at the end of the season.
The former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach, Ime Udoka, was then recruited as the new coach. Jason Kidd, the former PG who led the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 title, reunited with the north Texas side as coach in place of Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle, who has handled the Mavericks for 13 seasons, was officially recruited by the Indiana Pacers to replace Nate Bjorkgren.
There are Indonesian Naturalized Players in the NBA
Apart from the big names above, there is also a player who is undergoing the Indonesian naturalization process, Marques Bolden. Although he did not pass the 2019 NBA Draft selection process, Center (C) who was born in April 1998 was recruited by the Cleveland Cavaliers since early 2020 to be registered with the NBA G-League team, Cleveland Charge.
Although he has never played a regular NBA game, Marques Bolden deserves to be reckoned with seeing his experience as an alumni of the Duke University basketball team which has spawned many NBA star players such as Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, and Brandon Ingram. In addition, Bolden has also been a teammate of Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett from 2017 to 2019.
It’s interesting to keep an eye on the developments of the offseason transfer market which is still going on until the middle of this new season. NBA fans in Indonesia can watch the new NBA season games exclusively through Champions TV 3 and O Channel on Vidio.com.
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3 Pro NBA Players Attend Jr. Event. Virtual NBA Camp for 78 Kids from Asia Pacific and India
The NBA has released Jr. NBA Global Championship – Camp Asia Pacific and India Online . This is a virtual basketball program for 39 boys and 39 girls from across Asia-Pacific and India.
This program lasts only one day, namely on July 31, 2021. The 78 children selected through social media contests and local youth basketball programs, come from eight countries in the region. coaches. NBA.
Jaren Jackson Jr. from the Memphis Grizzlies, James Wiseman of the Golden State Warriors, Angel McCoughtry of the Las Vegas Aces and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro will participate in live Q&A events and coach young athletes through a range of basketball drills and self-improvement skills. In addition, Gatorade, the official Jr. program partner. NBA in Asia, will facilitate discussions about the importance of meeting the needs of body fluids on and off the court.
The 78 young participants representing eight countries – Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – will have the opportunity to interact and learn with other players from all participating regions.
Virtual still running
This year, Jr. The NBA Global Championship – the annual youth basketball tournament for the best 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world – will host online events for boys and girls in select countries and regions. In 2018 and 2019, Jr. The NBA Global Championship is being held in Orlando, Florida, while 2020 is being held virtually due to the pandemic.
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Jackson Jr. was selected 4th by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018 NBA Draft and selected as an NBA All-Rookie First Team player. At 2.1 meters tall, he averaged 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during the 2020-21 season.
Wiseman was selected 2nd by the Golden State Warriors in the 2020 NBA Draft and averaged 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks during the 2020-21 season. A member of the United States Men’s National Junior Basketball Team, Wiseman won a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U-16 Championships.
McCoughtry was selected first by the Atlanta Dream in the 2009 WNBA Draft before being named the WNBA Rookie of the Year and joining the WNBA All-Rookie Team. McCoughtry is a five-time WNBA All-Star, six-time All-WNBA selection, and eight-time WNBA All-Defensive Team recipient.
McCoughtry spent the last season with Las Vegas after playing his first 10 seasons with Atlanta. Throughout July 2021, McCoughtry was ranked 15th on the WNBA career scoring list (5,785 points) and 8th in steals (626 steals).