Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm  |  21 responses

Post Up: Preseason Recap/Season Preview

Like we always do at this time.

by Adam Figman | @afigman

A quick intro: I’m the dude with the above byline who’ll be writing The Post Up this season. I’ll be holding down these parts Mondays-Fridays, while Anton will have the reins each Saturday and Sunday.

Since I haven’t been around here nearly as long as Anton or most of the other contributors, guess I should provide a little background. I grew up in Long Island, where I simultaneously learned to read and spin a mini-basketball on my middle finger with ease. Unfortunately this skill—albeit an important one—didn’t help me get on my high school’s varsity team, and my professional hoop dreams died there. I’ve been a Knicks fan since I could crawl, though I promise to keep my hometown bias out of the daily recaps. Well, I promise to try. I attended and graduated from Lehigh University, a Patriot League school you might recognize from that time we almost-but-not-really gave Kansas a decent run for its money in the first round of last March’s NCAA tournament. And now I’m here, at SLAM, a publication I’ve loved since I could pick up a magazine and a website I’ve had bookmarked since I knew how to do so. That good enough? OK, cool. Let’s get it.

Finally, preseason’s done and we’re ready get the season underway. The best part of the preseason is seeing rookies get some reps and watching squads work to iron out chemistry kinks, and these past few weeks have been especially great for those two; John Wall and Blake Griffin both look ready to burst out, while some of the new-look teams are steadily improving. The worst part of preseason play? Undoubtedly, injuries. Dwyane Wade will be starting the season slow after hurting his hamstring against the Pistons. Mike Miller tore a ligament in his thumb trying to guard LeBron (bad idea, son!) during practice, so he’ll be out until January. And something happened involving Carlos Boozer and a backpack, and now he’s gone through November. This stuff happens, but is always incredibly frustrating.

A couple of notes before I wrap this thing up:

First, let me drop some predictions (and if this post mysteriously disappears mid-season, you’ll know why):

Top 4 in West:
1. Lakers
2. Thunder
3. Jazz
4. Spurs

Top 4 in East:
1. Heat
2. Celtics
3. Magic
4. Hawks

Western Conference Finals: Lakers over Jazz
Eastern Conference Finals: Celtics over Heat
NBA Finals: Celtics over Lakers

MVP: LeBron James
ROY: Blake Griffin

Also: LeBron averages a triple-double (yeah, I said it); Durant leads the League in scoring and is also a fantasy beast; the Knicks lose in the first round of the Playoffs; Melo’s a Nugget through the season; Chris Paul brings the Hornets back to the postseason and reminds everyone why he’s the NBA’s best pg; Eric Gordon breaks out and helps my fantasy team earn a championship (please?); everyone (rightfully) continues to Fear the Dear; and David Kahn jokes continue with full force.

Secondly, tomorrow we’ll be introducing a new feature that’ll make our homepage even more dope than it already is. I won’t ruin anything, but let’s just say SLAMonline will finally be on-point at all hours of the day. Stay tuned.

And lastly, I wanna give a huge thanks to Ben and Ryne for offering me this role, and another huge thanks to everyone at the SLAM Dome for welcoming me to the fam with open arms. The awesomeness of this website/magazine is no coincidence—it’s because the people working behind the scenes to produce them are awesome, too. Thanks for everything, y’all.

Anyway, that’s all I got. I’ll be hanging around in the comment section all season, and I’ll be on Twitter (the handle’s up top), tweeting hoops and more until some snazzy new social networking site whisks us all away. See you Wednesday.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    We’re lucky to have you. Love the dek!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Looking forward to this, Adam.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’ll miss Holly’s frantic energy and crazy love for so many dudes in the league….she WAS the Post Up from it’s inception. Adam, good luck and congrats on the gig. I hope you know they’ll be numerous dudes checking in each morning, pacing back and forth, like we are waiting for some fresh bread or some sh*t! Since I have a special connection to The Post Up (I came up with the name when Holly put the word out that she wanted a name for her spot)I’ll be watching closely…..and wishing you the best when the comments take a turn for the worse! Good Luck.

  • Bruno

    so where’s Holly???

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    What Eboy said. Good luck, Adam. You’ve got some really big pumps to fill! :-)

  • hoodsnake

    You down with Facebook Adam? I don’t understand Twitter

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Welcome Adam, don’t worry about your Knicks bias. Your predecessor couldn’t control her Raptor bias either. Interesting predictions btw, personally i’m expecting the Bulls to pass the Hawks and the Mavs to leapfrog Utah (of course i do, i’m a Dirk fan par excellence).
    Sure as heck won’t miss all the “love” for players that was a staple of last season’s post up’s. Got old fast.

  • ClydeSays

    Nice. I like the Jazz pick in the West. Too bad Boozer tripped on his luggage. I had the Bulls as top 5 team in the East before that. If Bogut can heal up and play well, I’d have them over the Hawks as #4.

  • http://slamonline.com Matt Lawyue

    Can’t wait, Adam. Have fun.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstySYD Hursty

    what eboy said.

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Sad Holly is gone (always good 2 have a lady around) but warm Welcome Adam and good luck. I liked most of the pieces u wrote on the Top50, so just keep up with the good job. And I like ur predictions 2, especially the C’s as champion beating Mia in the East. I’ve already betted £10 on it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Shake and Bake, buddy.

  • Groves

    congrats man. but we need holly to do something on SLAMonline

  • http://thescore.com/tbj Holly MacKenzie

    Happy First Day of the 2010-2011 NBA Season, SLAM-fam!

    Adam, welcome, congrats and enjoy the gig. I know you will.

    It seems fitting that after three years with The Post up, my first column, first bylines, first opportunity to see my name in (online) print for my favorite magazine, the “baton” is being passed over to you for safe keeping on the same day that I finished a story that comes from what I feel might be the best interview I’ve ever conducted. A story I wouldn’t have been able to write with access I likely wouldn’t have been given without a reputation that was able to be proven much quicker than usual thanks to the support and belief of Ben, Susan, Lang and Sam and the rest of the amazing people in the SLAMDome. They gave me a chance to prove I could do this writing thing. Perhaps even more importantly, they reminded me that I could do it while being exactly who I am, even if I don’t fit the normal mold of an NBA sportswriter. Thanks to them and thanks to all of you who read, comment and frequent the site.
    I’ll be checking out the Post Up this season, so make sure you’re on your triple-double watching grind, Adam! ;)

  • Anthony

    You’re the first one i saw who put my Spurs in the top4, i like you already. Good luck with the Post Up man.

  • ab40

    well that was short.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Thanks for the love, y’all. Much appreciated. Slowly counting down the hours…

  • JD

    I got
    Top 4 in West
    Top 4 in East
    WCF:Lakers over Spurs in 6
    ECF:Heat over Celtics in 6
    MVP: Kevin Durant( lets face it the media will probably go on bout how LeBron has more help than Durant etc so he is automatically ruled out so this is realistic)
    ROY:Blake Griffin
    Finals: Heat over Lakers in 7

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Can’t wait for tip-off. Adam’s ready to do a fantastic job!

  • goattree

    Goodluck Adam.

    Is Holly writing a different column on slamonline?

    Anybody else expecting Shaq to break Chris Bosh’s face with an elbow tonight?

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin

    Co-sign Eboy. Good luck Adam.