Rejoice! Basketball is back!
The NBA opened its regular season on Tuesday night, with lots of big national stories right away, but two relatively low-profile teams, the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic, may be of most interest to local fans.
Orlando opened its season last night with a surprising 102-89 home victory over the Denver Nuggets. Although Glen “Big Baby” Davis and J.J. Redick led the way for the Magic, the big news here is that Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State made his NBA debut, becoming the fourth NSU Spartan to play in the league. Although O’Quinn played just three minutes, he filled up the box score with a field goal attempt, a personal foul, a defensive rebound, and a turnover.
Out west, the Golden State Warriors have started their season 1-1, opening with a road win over the Suns, and then returning home for a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. ODU alum Kent Bazemore has made the Warriors’ 15-man roster, but has been inactive for each of the first two games. The Warriors play on the road against the Clippers tonight; Bazemore may be activated in place of Kareem Rush, who was scheduled for an MRI today following a gruesome knee injury in the game against the Grizzlies. (Click here to see the injury, if you’re so inclined. If not, watch the clip anyway and stop it after the sick reverse dunk by Rudy Gay.)
Stay tuned to follow as we await Bazemore’s debut and O’Quinn’s first NBA points.
Basketball is back!