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Norman Chad’s NBA preview, such as it is

As far as Norman Chad is concerned, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors might as well plan their victory parade today. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
As far as Norman Chad is concerned, Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors might as well plan their victory parade today. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)
By Norman Chad Syndicated Columnist

Today, through the magnanimous support of Nike, Sprite, Kia Motors, Blaze Pizza and Beats by Dre, we are able to bring you a LeBron James-free preview of the impending NBA season.

(In return for the generosity of our corporate partners, we pledge not to mention LeBron for the remainder of this column.)

Here are a few intriguing storylines to watch in the 2018-19 season:

How would the Golden State Warriors stack up against the in-their-prime Harlem Globetrotters? The Warriors are expected to win their fourth title in five seasons, with a victory parade already scheduled for June 18, 2019 that will start at Oracle Arena in Oakland and, in unprecedented fashion, end four months later in front of the team’s new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco.

As for Warriors vs. Globetrotters, that is a difficult one to decide.

The Warriors this season could field a starting five of DeMarcusCousins (when healthy), Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson – that’s a combined 25 all-star game appearances. The Globetrotters would counter with Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, Tex Harrison, Geese Ausbie and Meadowlark Lemon, who was globe-trotting into his 60s.

During this championship run the Warriors’ longest win streak was 28 games; meanwhile, the Globetrotters once won 8,829 games in a row, all on the road. But I believe it is clear that the Warriors played a tougher schedule (the Western Conference) than the Globetrotters (the Washington Generals).

And give Golden State credit for this: It won a title last season with goofy Nick Young on its roster.

Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony are with new teams. This is not good news for their new teams. The two future hall of famers are current liabilities. They consistently make teams worse these days – the Washington Wizards, with Howard, and the Houston Rockets, with Anthony, are the latest victims.

Howard no longer is a great rebounder and defender, and his offensive game never developed beyond the desire to dunk. Anthony never has played much defense, and his offensive game now consists of standing 23 feet from the basket and waiting for the ball or a TV timeout.

Howard is with his fourth team in four seasons and Anthony is with his third team in three seasons; with any luck, both might end their careers by playing with 10 teams in 10 seasons.

Igor Kokoskov is the Phoenix Suns’ new coach. He is not from here. A longtime NBA assistant for six teams, the Serbian-bred Kokoskov is the first person born and raised outside of North America to become an NBA head coach.

Considering the current anti-immigration climate in Arizona and Washington, D.C., it is rather impressive that Kokoskov has walked between the xenophobic raindrops to climb the NBA’s coaching ladder.

Before the White House gets wind of this, it should understand that Kokoskov became a U.S. citizen in 2010.

I just hope he has his papers in order.

Knucklehead update: J.R. Smith and Nick Young now both are NBA champions. Smith won a title three seasons ago, courtesy of the league’s best-known player who shall remain nameless; Young won last season, courtesy of the Warriors.

Like the old saying goes, “If you take enough bad shots, maybe one of them will lead you to the top of your profession.”

They have striking similarities. Smith, 33, has played for four NBA teams; Young, also 33, has played for five. Smith’s career average is 12.4 points a game, shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 37.4 percent on threes; Young’s numbers are 11.4, 41.8 and 37.6.

At the moment, Smith is with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Young is out of the league, which puts them roughly in the same quandary.

Note to Philadelphia 76ers fans: You can stop reading this column right now. Couch Slouch continues to reject the entire flawed premise of The Process and believes that, rather than progress, The (Morally and Spiritually Bankrupt) Process will show regress. #DTTP

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Q. I see where Daniel Snyder has his home for sale – will parking at the realtor’s open house be $50 or $60? (Charles Raasch; Alexandria, Va.)

A. Pay the man, Shirley.

Q. Can any Cabinet-level member invoke the 25th amendment in regard to the R*dsk*ns owner? (Jim Smallwood; Richmond, Va.)

A. Pay the man, Shirley.

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