Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  53 responses

Post Up: Return of the (Stack)Mack

Happy NBA Opening Day!

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmackTrevor Ariza

Guess who’s back…. Back again….

That’s right. I’m ready to three-peat with the Post Up. Who knew we’d be here, three seasons deep. I certainly didn’t.  Also, pretty pumped about the back-to-back song references there. Yes, I am a nerd, you already knew this. More importantly, yes, the NBA is back.

Lakers championship ring ceremony tonight. The Celtics taking on Bron and Shaq. It’s the beginning of my getting accustomed to Trevor Ariza in a red Rockets uni and my goodness, Gil Arenas is BACK. I’ll be liveblogging the Lakers/Clippers game over at TheScore.com so check me out if you feel inclined.

Jumping right in, there are going to be some changes around here. This season, the Post Up is going to be your spot to check in, gather and discuss the action from the night before. I’ll be here, recapping my night of NBA watching, but because of my Raptors focus, the game by game recaps will be replaced by game notes from our writers all over the NBA instead.

If you were wondering what the heck I’ve been up to here in Toronto and why I won’t have time to recap each and every game, I’ll take this time to fill you in. Of course I’ll still be watching games all night every night, but I’ve been working as a beat blogger for the Court Surfing blog over at The Score. This means hitting up practice every day and producing content daily as well. In addition, this season I will begin writing game stories for NBA.com and I’ll continue to be running liveblogs three to four days a week over at The Score. At 9 a.m. every morning, Monday-Friday, I then get to write my thoughts about how this season is unfolding right here and talk with you guys every day!

Can’t wait.

I fully intend to be as maxed out on NBA bball as possible. I also plan on soaking up every second.

As I said above, I’m still not entirely sure how I got here, but I do know that you’ve all been a part of it. I didn’t think it was possible to love this game anymore, but with each new experience my appreciation for the sport, the coaches who teach it and the athletes who play it somehow manages to grow. In the past year I’ve sat courtside for the first time on press row (and had my mother call me leaving voicemails because she could see me on her TV), went to my first NBA Draft, fell absolutely, entirely in love with the magic of summer league and took in my first training camp and preseason.

The offseason really wasn’t much of a break and that’s exactly how I like it.

I’m going to take a paragraph or two out of my opening night Post Up from last season because I think it still sums up how I feel about opening night:

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The first day of the NBA season is like a bunch of things. Your first day of school with freshly sharpened pencils, the smell of new looseleaf and back to class outfits, all designed to help make the transition easier. It is like the first day at a new job, when you know you are capable and have the skill, but hope your supervisor can get the most out of you and motivate you to perform to the best of your abilities. It’s is like a first date, when the anticipation has been building and you know the chemistry is there but you pray the pieces fit together properly for at least a season. For fans like us, basketball IS life as we know it. And that is why today is a day to be celebrated.

Enjoy your work day/school day/sick day/off day and make sure you’ve cleared your schedule and that wife/kids/girl/boy/work/friends/all other distractions know that tonight you are booked up. No exceptions, ifs ands or buts. Not only is our game here, TNT is in the house as well. Yes, the boys are back and we’ve got two fantastic match ups waiting for us tonight.

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Now, let us talk basketball. The Lakers get their rings tonight. The last time the Lakers won it all, I was in the 11th grade. This time might be sweeter because it felt like redemption for Kobe and Lamar being a champion feels like a gift in itself. As for the rest of his offseason doings, if Mr. Odom is happy, I’m happy.

When it comes to thinking about the excitement of the season, I might be more excited to watch Kevin Durant than any other player this season. OK, I lie. Brandon Jennings. DeMar DeRozan. Jonny Flynn. You all know I love my rookies. Then there’s Gil Arenas. Leon Powe. Stephen Jackson.* My “heart” guys. You all know I can’t choose just one. For real though, KD’s my pick to lead the League in scoring! Thanks to Twitter I’m a little in love with this OKC team.

Random sidenote: Anyone else notice how many photos we’ve seen of guys getting pedicures this offseason? I’ve seen some ugly feet in locker rooms, but I’m thinking that just might change this year.

Speaking of Twitter: Follow Patrick O’Bryant @13POB13. He’s at just over 2,000 followers. If he gets to 2,500 before November 1, over $8000 will go to charity. Yes, all you’ve gotta do is click followKevin Garnett. After getting to 2,000 followers, he is giving away tickets, not limited to Toronto. If you’re not from Toronto, follow him and tweet at him for some tickets in your city. If you are from Toronto and you’re not following this man, step your tweet game up.

We had the Celtics in town for a preseason game here in Toronto and while I’m not entirely convinced that KG is fully healthy, if he is, they are my team to beat in the East. This may be because Rajon Rondo has become my favorite point guard not named Chris Paul. Who would have thought a diehard Lakers fan like myself could ever say she loves a Celtics team? Covering the NBA will change you in ways you just weren’t prepared for, I guess.

In the West, I really, really like Denver. I can’t tell you why, except to say I think we’re going to see a Melo that is matured and focused and straight up balling this season. I’ve still got the Lakers taking it all, but my word, the Spurs are going to be fun to watch, aren’t they? TD, Manu, TP, Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess. My second year man, George Hill. Rookie DeJaun Blair. Coach Pop. There’s a whole lot of special going on in San Antonio.

I’m not quite ready to talk about the mess that is the Warriors, give me a day or two to get back into the flow of things around here and then we’ll go there. I will say, I’m thinkin’ of Steph Curry and his classy little self. Also, secretly hoping that somehow Stephen Jack gets sent to Cleveland.

Yeah. Bet that doesn’t surprise any of you.

OK, I’m actually starting to really ramble now. Apologies on that. Tell me what you’ve been up to all summer, who your team is, who is going to win it all, who is going to fall hard on their faces, tell me everything. I’m listening. And damn, I’m happy. Our game is back!

* He will always be my guy with and without sanity, playing time, a team, etc.

** Between writing this and editing it, Blake G. is now out for up to six weeks. Damnnn, L.A. Clips curse! I still picked them to make the playoffs, though. Yikes. #ilovethisgame.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Welcome back! Can’t wait for the season to kick off tonight!

  • IndyB

    WOOOO Basketball is BACK!

  • http://digitlthread.com AlbertBarr

    The Post-Up is Back! I really have no idea how the season will shake out but I have to say I am disappointed that all the “experts” have picked my Kings to be the bottom of the barrel again. We have TYREKE ladies and gentlemen. And with the clips curse removing BG from the first 20 games…I think Mr. Evans is poised for a ROY campaign. Finals prediction – Spurs/Magic…Magic in 6.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    It’s back… slamonline’s no. 1 comments generating column. Niiiice. Hey there Holly. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Holly is successful

  • Ariose

    I’m jealous lol. I wish I had that much time to devote to B-Ball (freaking college)…anyhoo, Looking forward to you stuff!

    Oh yeah! and Hawks will be Eastern Confrence champs….

  • Ariose

    ….LOL and I hope he signed a Prenup…..

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Still remember day 1 like it was yesterday. The one constant of the SLAMOnline experience that most everyone has love for…..and always holds a warm place in my little heart for helping with the naming of it….I love it! Holly Mac….back and doing even bigger things. So cool to see!

  • Ariose

    Jeff Teague will be ROY!!! Book it!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Welcome back stackmack. Way to kick off the season right.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Can’t wait to hear your point of view on all the Whoo! drama in Golden State. Welcome back, Hollyhood.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Albertbarr : tyreke is good and all but what if they leave him open on the perimeter?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I really hope stephen jackson does NOT go to cleavland. Any other contender will suffice though. Wait no celtics either.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Also vince looks like a f*ckin beast in o town.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Good luck everyone with your respective teams. Sorry Clipper fans!!!

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  • http://CaliFatifhul.tumblr.com Riko

    Tonight, not only does the National Basketball Association 2009-2010 season return, but so does the Post-Up!! WOOO!!

    I would go on about how excited I am for this season. One of the most exciting offseasons in recent memory going along with many powerful teams each with their own story, but I think all you guys have to do is watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELAWNoOPpHI

    If that doesn’t hype you up for the season. I have no idea what will.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Where the f is everybody?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Welcome back, Holly.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Holly in the off-season is like Dwight in the finals – disappears.
    And lol @ Ariza still wearing Kobe IV’s. Moron.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Well Anton, he was gonna trade them in for some T-Mac’s but he was afraid his back would spontaneously explode.

  • karma

    Holly, you’re a cutie.

    Great to see another TO native doing it up big. I’m from TO as well (BTown represent!) and a huge Lakers fan like you. Can you say repeat?

    BTW, love your work, and since I’m a flirt, I gotta say I love (and have mad respect for) any lady that loves this sport as much as I do.

    Keep it up ;)

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

    Welcome back, Holly. Good to see you return.

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

    Hopefully the Clips can get thru tonight’s game without any more injuries.

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

    Hey, ‘lil Sis, welcome back! Heat is 1 and Spurs 1A for me this season. League Pass Broadband, here we go!

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Brad for the lol…got it!

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    Can’t wait for the games to start tonight! Do the Clippers have some kind of curse?

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

    I’m not sure how my Pistons will fare this season, but i’m looking forward to watching players like Durant, Flynn, Jennings, Curry, and Derozan.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    My finals prediction = Wizards/Grizzlies…Grizzlies in 7 (milleniums).

  • LeeVan

    Holly Mack doin’ big things in the world of basketball journalism this year!
    DeMar DeRozan aka DeDe aka Double D for rookie of the year!
    I’ll be at the ACC for what should be an exciting, yet gut-wrenching, home opener against the Cavs, and I look forward to reading the Post Up on Thursday morning.

  • bruno

    holly and the post up are back
    hell yeah

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Don’t call it a comeback………….

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    DeJuan Blair = Future All-Star

  • ab_40

    boston, orlando or san antonio is gonna win it all. the lakers are gonna feud before the playoffs start and won’t be on the same picture a la the lakers in 2005, too much off court stuff. dallas is gonna fall flat on their face, the makeup of that team makes no sense. If I were dirk I’d get as far away from mark cuban as possible. maybe golden state that would be crazy dirk getting 35 shots a night in a golden state uniform. wow I need some sleep. this makes no sense. I wonder if the cavaliers and their antics start this game vs boston or the next. I hope they get sheed angry sheed scores at least 15 and 10 when he’s angry… I like that

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Rockets are looking like an awesome team this year. I can’t wait to see a front court of Scola, Mensah-Bonsu, Landry, Hayes, and Dorsey. Landry is one of the best finishers around the rim right now and his skills are VERY underrated. This team is looking good right now, I can’t wait to watch them. Their toughness is the closest we have to 90′s basketball right now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Anybody know what’s up with Will Conroy? Somebody sign this guy!

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    @tina. yes tina. yes they do have a curse. and that was before Camby rolled into town.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    this is (sadly) the only constant dependable thing on slamonline worth commenting on.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    SEASON’S HERE thank god.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BETCATS is right…

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    Yes Holly! I taught an 8th grade class yesterday where one girl had Holly’s enthusiasm level and S-Jax’s discipline level. I’d trade he to Cleveland if I could. But anyways, yes now the NBA is officially back.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    ^8th graders with Holly’s enthusiasm level stand up.^

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Hi Holly! http://kb24.com/news/5883 Bling-Bling…

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  • jb21

    My girl Holla Mac!!!! The Post up is back and HMack is on her nba grind. Couldn’t happen to a better person. Now ball. 8pm Oct 27th is the new 6am Dec 25th. It’s baaaaaaaack. The MVP seeking revenge tonight, and heading to the cold tomorrow night which I’ll witness in person. The best day/week of the year every single year. I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    YEAH B*TCH!!!!!!(wiz khalifa voice). great to have you back home Holly, I was wondering when the good ish on slamonline was coming back. I believe I can take a little time out of my senior project class everyday and have “healthy” discussions with my peers. play wit it.

  • Double J

    Thank you twitter, now i do know holly mac is as beautiful as i’ve hoped!!!!

  • Josh

    Its funny, I used to love Ariza when he was a Laker, seemed to have all that intangible stuff as a player that just demanded you to like him. That all disappeared when he took the money and went to Houston, I thought he had character. I guess winning isn’t as important as your bank account anymore, cause Houston’s win column is gonna be as empty as my balance..

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Double J with the “aww shucks” compliment. Nice.

  • Rusty

    ive got goosebumps, man i wish tmac had never been injured

  • T Bone

    WOOP WOOP! we back at it again! great to see Holly back with the Post Up :)

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    yay for the Post-Up. twas a good opening night