The NBA season is a little over a week old, but because it's the NBA, we have what feels like a whole season worth of storylines that people won't stop talking about. As we are all well aware, the NBA is the best source of sports entertainment. Nothing can top the endless, multi-platform soap opera that is the National Basketball Association.
Not only have there been viral moments on the court but because of #NBATwitter, there's plenty of pettiness for the NBA fan that needs that injected into their veins as well.
Here's a look at what's happened so far:
Seven crazy storylines of the 2018-19 NBA season thus far
1. Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul remind us why they don't like each other
When it comes to non-basketball events, the Rondo vs. CP3 drama has ascended to the top.
First, they get into a brawl. Then, Paul accuses Rondo of spitting on him. Then we have the in-the-stands confrontation between Rondo's girlfriend and Paul's wife.
To wrap it up, Rondo made sure to let everyone know Paul is a bad teammate:
“Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy. They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people."
If you're here for the pettiness, this definitely will continue to quench that thirst.
2. Joel Embiid trolls Andre Drummond
Rondo and Paul aren't the only ones with beef right now in the league. Joel " The King of Twitter" Embiid went after Andre Drummond, even after the Sixers lost to the Pistons Tuesday.
After Embiid said he feels like he "owns a lot of real estate in (Drummond's) head", Drummond clapped back on both Twitter and Instagram.
"Lol does he? If that's so he wouldn't be so excited to have me off the floor? Think about it that's a silly statement! I'll take the W though enjoy flight home #Emmyaward winning actor," Drummond tweeted.
"That man is fat outta shape and talks all day. I'm not worried about him! If I can't guard him why he so happy to have me out the game. Was locking his ass up and running him to exhaustion."
The NBA is just the gift that keeps on giving. And for that, we thank you.
3. LeBron and the Lakers start 0-3
LeBron James and the Lakers finally got their first win Wednesday night in Phoenix, but it took four games for that to happen.
Everyone knew the Lakers would be a work-in-progress, even with the greatest player in the world now on the roster.
LeBron himself admitted just that after their third loss of the season saying "I know what I got myself into".
That being said, figuring out a team's chemistry when adding the greatest athlete on the planet is not an easy task. The Cavaliers got out to a 0-5 start in James' rookie season. The Miami Heat began his first season in South Beach with a 5-5 record. When James returned to Cleveland for his second stint, the Cavaliers lost three of their first four games.
An 82-game season is a marathon, not a sprint.
4. Top of the NBA standings
Speaking of records, if you take a look at the teams with the best record, you'll see a few names you're likely not used to witnessing there.
In the West, the Nuggets and Pelicans are the only two unbeaten teams as of Thursday. Over in the East, it's the Raptors, Bucks, and Pistons at the top.
Sure there's plenty of season to go, but Denver and Milwaukee were two teams that had a growing bandwagon, and it looks like those seats are likely to only fill up more as the year progresses.
5. Unlikely scorers
The Bulls' Zach LaVine and the Hornets' Kemba Walker have been on a tear early on. Each is averaging over 35 points per game, and LaVine became the first Bull since Michael Jordan with four straight 30-point games. Think about that for a second.
Walker is in a contract year, and LaVine is coming off a torn ACL that limited him to just 24 games last year in his first season in Chicago. Although Walker is a former All-Star and LaVine and young up-and-comer, don't expect the averages to stay this high.
6. Record scoring for teams
NBA teams as a whole are scoring more points than ever, and it's likely to continue.
According to CBS Sports, last season teams averaged 106.3 points per game a season ago, according to CBS Sports. That number is up to 113.4 this season, which would be the biggest single-season increase since 1954-55, when scoring went from 79.5 to 93.1.
That just-so-happened to be the first year the league used the shot clock.
Last season, a team scored over 140 points in a game 13 times, and that's already happened five times this season in just over a week with the Pelicans, Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs, and Warriors doing so.
7. Jimmy Butler still in Minnesota
Of course, as soon as this is written, just watch, he'll get traded.
But as of now, things have calmed down in Minneapolis. Butler leads the Wolves in scoring (24.5 points per game), and the persistent trade rumors have become more of a whisper in the background.
That only means that we're bound for a blockbuster trade any day now because, well, it's the NBA.
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