To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) recently launched their “No One Else Can Play Your Part” campaign in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week (9.8-9.14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (9.10).
The goal of the campaign, according to founder Jamie Tworkowski, is to tell people “that their life matters, and their story is significant.”
This was the perfect summer for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they welcomed home prodigal son LeBron James while adding Kevin Love.
Still, I don’t think the Cavs deserves this distinction as the favorites to win the 2015 NBA Championship.
When James bolted to South Beach and took Chris Bosh along with him the team got thumped in the NBA Finals the first season Miami’s Big 3 played together. That team had more depth than Cleveland does and, most importantly, they also had rim protectors (Joel Anthony, Bosh and Udonis Haslem) and strong post defenders (Bosh, Haslem, Erik Dampier, Anthony and Jamaal Magloire).
Right now Cleveland’s rotation of bigs include Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and the corpse of Brendan Haywood. While they have three talented bigs in Varejao, Love and Thompson, none of those players are known for being post defenders.
Even worse, none of those three players will strike fear into opponents slashing to the rim.
Rookie big man Dwight Powell might turn out to be their best post defender this season.
So, who are the Favorites to win the 2015 NBA Championship? You can be rest assured the eventual champion will be a Western Conference team.
The San Antonio Spurs are the reigning champs and they look to be the early favorites. However, all bets are off if this is the season the Father Time finally catches up to Tim Duncan.
What the Spurs have in their favor is the fact Gregg Popovich is one of the all-time great coaches the NBA has seen while the team has Tony Parker in his prime and Duncan showing flashes of greatness.
Oklahoma City tried to make some waves this summer when they flirted with Pau Gasol signing as a free agent. While Gasol eventually landed in Chicago, having Steven Adams play more minutes this season – and cut into Kendrick Perkins’ – will help.
The Thunder have three stars in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Durant is the current MVP of the NBA while Ibaka is one of the elite post defenders in the NBA.
Plus, Oklahoma City took San Antonio to six games in the Western Conference Finals last season.
While the Cavs are the flashy pick to win the title this year, the logical pick would be the Spurs or Thunder.