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October 29, 2009

Opening night, final rosters and Bulls-Spurs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 5:41 pm

We had a bit of trouble with Unfiltered earlier this week, so I was unable to post my opening night lament:

Opening night! Don’t get me wrong — I could not be more excited to have the NBA season tip off. And because we wrote a book about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been quite this well prepared for the start of a season. Still, it bothers me that the NBA season starts on a Tuesday, tucked in between Monday Night Football and the start of the World Series.

For years, the season started on a Friday with a near-full slate games, then followed it up with the same on Saturday. By the time Saturday was finished, every team had played a game. That arrangement had more of a big-event feel to it. My brother and I would get together no matter where we resided to watch as many games as possible. This was in the dark days before the advent of the DVR. It was like Christmas morning, only with more Bernard King.

Nevertheless, tonight’s four games are chicken soup for the NBA fan’s soul. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of bittersweetness in the concoction.

Timely or timeless? You be the judge.

The other bit of opening night news was the release of the NBA’s initial rosters. As ESPN’s Marc Stein pointed out, 18 teams ended up carrying 15 players on their opening roster. All told, there are 14 (now 15) unfilled roster spots across the league. The news could have been much worse for the NBA Players Association.

Who are (were) the biggest surprises?

* Derrick Byars, Chi
* Coby Karl, Cle
* Carlos Arroyo, Mia
* Marcus Landry, NY
* Wesley Matthews, Uta

The common thread between these five players is that none of them made Pro Basketball Prospectus 2009-10. That’s why I’m surprised by them, though Arroyo certainly would have gotten an entry had he signed in Miami by press time. We did write-ups on 514 players and, still, we couldn’t quite nail them all. Maybe next year. Since the rosters were released, the Bulls waived Byars. He must of had a bad practice.

I’m at the United Center for the Bulls-Spurs game tonight. I’m working on a DeJuan Blair feature, but I’ll be tweeting occasionally through the night. Follow me at @bdoolittle. Perhaps I’ll post my tweets as an Unfiltered later. There are no rules here.

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