The Most Memorable NBA stories for 2018

For NBA fans who need a refresher on the unforgettable happenings in the NBA so far this season or for those who want to catch up on the things they might have missed, Eastbridge provides a list of some of the most memorable things that took place in the league—from team drama to wild changes in the standings to shocking transfers. Here are some of the NBA stories this year that are worth looking back on.

The Jimmy Butler Saga

When Jimmy Butler broadcasted that he did not want to remain in the Minnesota Timberwolves over the summer, he had a heated standoff, which included a social media war, with the Timberwolves until he was finally traded to the Philadelphia 76ers just last month. He was imported to the 76ers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second round pick.

GSW Battle: KD v Draymond

One of the most heated battles of the season came in the form of Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.  With Steph Curry unavailable after suffering from a groin strain injury and away from the team, Kevin Durant conveyed his annoyance at Green when the latter failed to give him the ball on a crunch time possession which Green later just threw away. Green took offense which then started a yelling contest between the two, and even Klay Thompson was unable to stop it. Insults were dropped and apparently, Green said some things about Durant’s rejection to commit to Golden State in the long run which ensued in a suspension for one game.

LeBron James in LA Lakers

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy event that occurred so far this season was when LeBron james agreed to a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Many fans were hoping that the four-time NBA MVP will bring back the glory that Lakers once was and be able to lead the team to compete for championships. LeBron’s transfer to the LA Lakers prompted fans to compare him with Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant. As of recent events, LeBron James suffered a groin injury that kept him out of the game against his old team, the Golden State Warriors.

What happened to Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets?

It’s hard to believe and witness that two teams who achieved the level of greatness from countless championships they picked up throughout the years are now struggling in the league this season. This season has been a disappointment for Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. Ever since Celtics’ Gordon Hayward suffered from an ankle injury, it seemed that they no longer view this season as worthy to compete for the title. Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets are struggling to get healthy and trying to figure out how to fill the Trevor Ariza-sized void in their roster.

The Reinvention of Derrick Rose

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose’s accomplishment in re-creating his former self as a stellar shooter off the bench has been one of the stories that highlighted the first quarter of the NBA season this year. This season, the All-Star and MVP has been scoring more than he has ever since he tore his ACL in 2012 which started a series of knee injuries. His performances so far were remarkably impressive and he is reported to be the leading contender for sixth man of the year.

Halleluka

Luka Doncic is currently standing out as the player with the best chance to be this season’s Rookie of the Year. He also has the makings of a MVP. At the age of 19, he was already winning MVP trophies in the Euroleague. Aside from that, he led his country to an outstanding European championship. The Dallas Mavericks definitely have a future with this stellar rookie on the team.

By @EliaasMJ

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