A little late-summer sports epiphany

Go ahead – keep summer alive as long as you can.  Sure, the days are getting noticeably shorter, and even with fantasy football draft previews and back-to-school sales prevalent and Halloween pop-up stores invading the local malls, you can still click on weather.com and see temps in the 80s and 90s across the United States.

But consider this as a reminder that fall and winter are knocking at the door.  Loudly.  In five weeks and one day, the NBA kicks off its preseason schedule when the Denver Nuggets visit the Utah Jazz on October 1st.

Hard to believe that camps are nearly ready to open – at least for everyone but the unlucky free agents like Allen Iverson (will he wind up in Memphis?) or Ramon Sessions (still waiting on the Knicks or Clippers) and a few others asking their agents to find them a job before rosters are set for the 2009-10 season.

So, while the news out of the NBA has slowed considerably recently, it is still worth checking out the musings of Ken Berger, Senior Writer for CBSSports.com.  In today’s column, for example, he provides his list of breakout players for the upcoming season.

Click that link for all of the details, but remember that Berger (along with a few other notable columnists) fed you the name of Anthony Randolph now and not after the rest of the world takes notice.

Sure, it’s easy to get lost when you are toiling away for a franchise as miserable as the Golden State Warriors have been for a generation, but Randolph is an All-Star in the making.

The second-year stud out of LSU, all of 20 years old, will see considerably more playing time than the 18 minutes a game that Coach Don Nelson allowed him last season.  Expect big, big things – of course, the Warriors will still struggle but the NBA will be better off for the development of Randolph and sportwriters can start projecting for the next “big free agency class” of 2013 or whenever Randolph hits the open market.

Expect a lot of this from Anthony Randolph during the 2009-10 NBA season

Expect a lot of this from Anthony Randolph during the 2009-10 NBA season

The other four breakout candidates are interesting choices as well, but you’ll have to read Berger’s column for more details. 

Yes, folks, it’s almost that time of year.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  If the NBA is not your thing come October, the sports world offers an amazing smorgasbord of options and a never-ending buffet of action.  And it’s all just 36 days away.  Enjoy those late-summer barbecues while you still can.

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~ by acm213 on August 26, 2009.

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