Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  50 responses

Worthy of Your Attention

by Marcel Mutoni

Oh, happy day!

At last, at long last, it is finally here. The dreadful off-season has come to a merciful end, and the League will once again assume its rightful place in our lives. Tonight, the games begin to count.

Cleveland @ Boston
: LeBron James has now famously declared that his team will not watch the ring presentation and banner-raising ceremony in honor of the Celtics’ 17th championship, but I’m not buying it for a second. They may not be on the floor while it takes place, but I guarantee you that at least one TV monitor in the locker room will be on, and all eyes will be glued on it. Including LeBron’s. This should be a feisty affair.

Milwaukee @ Chicago: The Derrick Rose Era officially kicks off in Chicago, while Scott Skiles begins his for the Bucks. Care to guess which fanbase is more excited?

(Ben Gordon has returned to practice and will play tonight. As per usual, he’ll be coming off the bench, which I’m sure he’s thrilled about.)

Portland @ L.A. Lakers: Hard to top this one for sheer drama on Opening Night. Greg “Dunk Bounty” Oden and Andrew Bynum will kick off their inevitable rivalry at Staples Center tonight, while Greg’s teammates measure themselves against the best of the West.

(As though people weren’t sufficiently amped up for this one, Nate McMillan is already in mid-season form, as far as Oscar-worthy speeches go anyway.)

Enjoy the games, everyone. You’ve earned it.

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  • Froggiestyle

    Enfin et c’est pas trop tôt – finally and its not too soon !

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    YES!!!! (channeling my inner Marv Albert)

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Get hyped people!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    nate mcmillan is my hero.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Nate really needs to coach Team USA in 2012.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I need Mr. Rose to have a solid game tonight. He’s starting on my fantasy team.

  • k.o.

    oh happy day

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterrobertcasey Peter Robert Casey


  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    How the fu(k is Vlad starting tonight? I know Lamar is out of shape but he can run up and down the court, right?

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    finally, something worthy of my attention

  • vmcb

    oh how i’ve missed you LeBron, KG, Dwade, Kobe, Nash, Bosh, Dwight, CP3, ect… my best friends have returned to me.

  • boomdizzle

    bynum is gonna get blocked, dunked on, and embarrassed at the end of the night!

  • riggs

    GO Vs. AB!

  • http://www.obviated.blogspot.com nick

    It’s the simple things in life–like loading Slamonline and seeing “The Post Up and “Worthy of your attention”–that make it all worthwhile.

  • Boing Dynasty

    marcel, you live in ottawa right? Do you know whos broadcasting the TNT games, cause i cant find them, not even on league pass.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    (something called tsn2 is apparently carrying the tnt joints…i have a bad feeling about this.)

  • Krishan

    B.long, I’m beginning to think vlad’s got some ish on phil, because with a healthy ariza, his minutes are otherwise unjustifiable.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Krishan: Maybe he caught him with a Laker girl in his office and threatening to tell Jeanie. Gotta be something like that.

  • rollezed

    lol @ B. Long. yeah,it gotta be something like that!

  • Boing Dynasty

    WTF is a TSN2

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I probably won’t watch a game until Christmas. Can somebody, like, text me every couple days with updates? Thanks. You guys are the best!

  • Boing Dynasty

    I vote for BETCATS, to “like, text” you. When are you getting your braces out again little girl?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Hey there, clearly mature person who wants himself publicly referred to as “Boing Dynasty”! Thanks putting me in my place. I’m a clown. Do me a favor and go comment on my horrible Kobe write up 400 times so we can get that b*tch up to 1500, would you?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Wow, I killed this post.

  • LA Huey

    Ever lose $20 in your room and find it when you don’t expect it? Man, I thought the season started next week. Ignorance IS bliss. btw, shame on Cavs for not being present for ring ceremony.

  • http://slamonline.com s.e.a.n

    Marcel, I’m from Toronto. Are you saying that if we don’t have tsn2 we can’t watch opening night with basic cable?! THIS IS BS!

  • http://slamonline.com s.e.a.n

    I just wrote to Rogers and TSN2 regarding Raptor games, and national games. Thought the fellow Canadians should know that TSN2 is a b*tch. F*CK TSN2!..sorry.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Can’t wait for my C’s game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I’ma gonna do this thing this year after all the Celtics games; I’m gonna post Leon Powe’s Stat Line up every day so y’all can keep track of him. Get excited!

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    You kill far more braincells on a regular basis, Jones.

  • thesubwayconnection

    Hahaha. Greg “Dunk Bounty” Oden. I’m not even referring to him by his real name anymore. Just as “The Good Ol’ Dunk Bounty!”

  • Paul Poule

    Sympa de voir que la France est la…
    La Force Verte encore au top.
    Boston again…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Non, Paul, c’est Boston encore. Ce nuit, nous gagnons! Aller les verte!

  • tinchek

    if i only had nba tv and a bucket of coffee…

  • Anton

    errbody wanna win a championship…ain’t nobody wanna play this heavy-ass defense though… I’LL DO IT THOUGH!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty


  • Bruno

    America’s #1 is a JOKE!
    nice show tonight. got schooled by pierce the whole night, almost hurt his ankle being humiliated on defense…
    but the game is still tough… cavs needs a basket
    well, than better have somebody that can score under pressure… Mo Williams hits a 3 and brings the cavs back.
    * another cavs possesion. lebron goes in, garnett stops him… lebron gets the “lets-keep-trying to-make-him-the-next-one-foul”
    * FT… hahahaha, if he can’t dunk, he can’t make it. 1 of 2
    * boston could finish the game here, but Rondo is so stupid… 2 more FT to… oh… its James, game is done…
    exactly. he shoots a brick under pressure and than makes the 2nd. thats repetitive.
    A LOOOOOOOOONG (and very doubtfull) way to be number 1 NBA (forget al time guys… lets wait something like 10 or 15 years…)
    haters. appreciate Kobe while he is on court… you don’t know the kind of player you are missing.

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com NBA-JERSEY-KING


  • thesubwayconnection

    That Cle/Bos game was alright. Sloppy but at least close. Rudy’s the only Blazer doing anything of note.

  • http://www.GotKickstv.com Sean


  • LA Huey

    Good game but when is LeBron going to realize that he has no business shooting threes. Powe was amazing though. He’s my favorite role player behind Gibson. Gibson had a terrible night but I loved the Batman logo.

    Bruno is silly.

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com Not-so-average Joe

    Question, does Mike Brown have any offensive gameplan at all?
    Also I was expecting alot more from LeBron tonight, and got left dissapointed.
    Apparently the Lakers are kickin ass as expected. Seems they mean business.
    It’s 4.10 here in England, and I have no idea why I’m still awake.

  • RV

    and Oden is down already..

  • Krishan

    Wow, radmanovic actually played well. McMillan looked sad, and the next 5 games for POR is going to be HELL.

  • Yassi

    why would you not watch the ring ceremony in Boston??? Strange…….

  • ktokyo

    aaaaand….. He’s spent. Oden out with an injury.

  • Boing Dynasty

    Dont be so hard on yourself jones, i called you a little girl, not a clown. Plus i wasnt mad at your kobe write up, but i wouldnt call the SLAM comment section the public. I do have a real name, but give it up the inbreds that attend this place? not today anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    The inbreds have had my name for years, Boing. Other than the occasional horseshoe getting tossed through my living room window, I’ve never regretted it.

  • Eric

    Why is it that after 6 years in the league lebron still has no skills, or can’t shoot over 50% from the free point line? What is he working on during the summer? And the boy is about as agressive as a rabbit.

  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com Not-so-average Joe

    Don’t underestimate the aggression of rabbits Eric. Kick one in the thigh n they become some serious Mofos.