Over a leisurely game of chess, where my ass was handed to me, JRW asked me if I was excited for the start of the season. You see how he is? In a Ronnie Lott like fashion he punches me in the mouth, breaks my back, runs me over and then, as if over a cup of tea, asks me if I'm excited for the season. He's cold-blooded. Well, I think I'm more apprehensive than anything else. This regular season we have little to gain and everything to lose.
I guess you could argue that this regular season is actually uber-important because of all the new pieces and Manu's return to form but to that I say this:
Our big additions, besides Blair, are veterans and they shouldn't take long to get acclimated. RJ plays the wing which is the easiest position to learn in ANY system and despite Drew Gooden's best efforts to make the Spurs playbook seem like rocket science I assure you it is not. And, both Mcdyess and Ratliff have been playing so long I'd be surprised if there is anything that makes either of them go, "Oh shit whaa? I'm supposed to rotate where? This is complicated!"
Blair on the other hand does seem lost at times with the sets but he's probably not going to make leaps and bounds his first season. He will be a great rebounder (duh?) and have his usual rookie mistakes, no biggie it's part of the learning curve. The important thing here is that his positives outweigh the negatives and I don't have much doubt that the former will prevail.
Now for Manu hinges the most importance of this regular season. Yeah Manu needs to get that explosive step back but this should only take a month or so. For the other five months of the NBA marathon each game presents countless snare traps to a championship-less season. A turn of the ankle, a tear of the achilles, another boxscore snub by JRW leaving Manu shivering in the corner, staring off into emptiness, left with no confidence thinking, "what did I do wrong?" You get the idea.
I'm happy that the start of the NBA season is just about here but I'm held captive by the fear of misfortune. Like I said, little to gain and everything to lose.