Thursday, December 29, 2011

The ones to watch in the new NBA season

With the 2011/2012 NBA season about to start, much to the relief of avid basketball fans, punters in North America and beyond are on the hunt for NBA betting tips and trying to single out the special player or two capable of lighting up the action on court this year.

The traditional stand-out names of the NBA still dominate many of the pre-season previews, with Kobe Bryant and Lebron James the obvious candidates to shine for their respective teams in LA and Miami. Bryant's credentials make for interesting reading: the player has won five championships with the Lakers as well as an Olympic gold medal for the States, and the tag of MVP almost seems synonymous with his name.

However, with the Lakers' ability to secure glory in 2012 under threat after their poor showing in the playoffs last time out, and with Bryant not getting any younger at the age of 33, those who bet on basketball may look beyond the Lakers star who may not turn out to be the man to attract the headlines this season.

James, meanwhile, possesses the additional motivation of never winning a title. For a man who has notched up individual honour after individual honour over the years, the lack of the ultimate team title in his trophy cabinet has to hurt. Should the player decide that this is the season to single-handedly drag Miami into the playoffs and beyond, he could well be the main shining light in a sport that needs to be ignited after the controversy of recent months.

Should the big guns fail to perform, a few lesser lights that might be worth keeping an eye on include the likes of Derrick Rose at Chicago, last season's MVP and a man with everything to prove...and everything to gain for his team.

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