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Same face new place as NBA season kicks off

The NBA season is upon us. 

On Tuesday night, the NBA kicks off its schedule just over four months after the Denver Nuggets won their first championship in franchise history. 

Nikola Jokic at the victory parade

Nikola Jokic, #15, speaks during the Denver Nuggets victory parade and rally after winning the 2023 NBA Championship at Civic Center Park on June 15, 2023 in Denver. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will travel to the Mile High City to take on the Nuggets, while Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns open the season against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. 

The fit alongside Curry will be fascinating to watch early in the season. 

Deandre Ayton, Portland Trail Blazers 

Deandre Ayton had not been happy in Phoenix since the Suns were bounced from the 2021-22 playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks. 

It was time to move on, and the Suns shipped Ayton to Portland as part of the three-team Lillard deal. 

Deandre Ayton poses for a photo

Deandre Ayton, #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers, poses for a portrait during Blazers Media Day at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 2, 2023 in Portland, Oregon. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Ayton should get more touches on a rebuilding team built around third-overall pick Scoot Henderson

“New beginning,” Ayton said when he was introduced in Portland, per “I get to show the world, show you guys who I am as a player on and off the court. Helping the young guys on this team win. Teaching them how to win.”

Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.


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