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The Importance Of Sports In Sports

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As of right now, we're seemingly wrapping up what was the craziest NBA off-season in the history of the league. Crazy may not even be the best word to describe it. In fact, momentous may be the ideal word to describe the madness we've witnessed for the past few months. Teams began training camp earlier this week, and 12-time all-star Dwyane Wade reunited with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just two days ago.

Normally, when star players make the transition to a new team, questions instantly arise. How will they fit in with their new team? Are they in a better position to win a championship? This off-season was nonetheless full of transactions by teams to try and dethrone the dominant reigning 2016-17 NBA Champion Golden State
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So, they'd already improved and then likely upgrade with the acquisition of Irving. For the first time in a long time, it feels like James finally has some real competition out East.

All thanks to Golden State, the Western Conference received the biggest shake-up. One of the most improved teams in the West last year was the Houston Rockets. Head coach Mike D'Antoni made the decision to move James Harden to point guard which ended up a MVP-caliber season for Harden. Well, this off-season Houston trades point guard Patrick Beverly, forward Sam Dekker, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top-three-protected 2018 first-round pick and $661,000 to the Clippers in exchange for point guard Chris Paul.

Honestly, on the NBA 2K video game, this makes total sense. But, in the real world, in the real NBA, it makes none. As mentioned earlier, Harden is coming off his best season yet after becoming the team's distributor/point guard. Harden is a player who needs the ball in his hands to make plays. Then you add Paul who also needs the ball in his hand? On paper, it looks great, but this is one where I'm not completely sure how much they've truly improved.

Finally, we've reached the team that made the biggest splash this off-season -- the Thunder. Let's begin with the sweepstakes for Paul George. Apparently, news surfaces early in the off-season that George will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free-agent (after the 2017-18 season.) As
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