NBA Haiku Preview Part III: Pacific and Southwest Divisions

Chris Paul is good for America.

Chris Paul is good for America.

The NBA season starts in just under a week (I know!), so it’s time for the last installment of our Haiku Previews. (If you missed them, part one is here, part two is here .)

Again, this week’s haikus would not have been possible without TrueHoop, Henry Abbott’s excellent NBA blog and the various NBA team blogs hosted at SBNation.   If you are even mildly curious about what’s going on in professional basketball, you should check these sites out.

Today we tackle the last two Western Conference divisions: the Pacific and the Southwest. As usual, the teams are listed in order of last year’s final regular division standings.

Pacific Division

Los Angeles Lakers

Last year: 65-17, league champs

This is for my friend Sarah.

This is for my friend Sarah.

One champion plus

one Ron Artest equals one

repeat — but of what?

Phoenix Suns

Last year: 46-36, missed playoffs

Hi Amare.

Amar'e! Over here!

Nash plays soccer, Frye

blogs: Suns have fun off-court but

want more on-court time.

Golden State Warriors

Last year: 29-53, missed playoffs

Kelenna Azubuike is from my hometown. Just thought you should know.

Kelenna Azubuike is from my hometown. Just thought you should know.

Stephen Jackson wants

new team, to fight Kobe (or

not). Fans want quiet.

Los Angeles Clippers

Last year: 19-63, missed playoffs

I love my boy with Blake but ...lets go with Sebastian Telfair for this pic.

I love my boy Blake but ...let's go with Sebastian Telfair for this pic.

Clips may finally

have that Amazin’ season:

could just be Griffin.

Sacramento Kings

Last year: 17-65, missed playoffs

Stupid exploding ball.  (Not a euphemism.)

Stupid exploding ball. (Not a euphemism.)

Exploding exer-

cise ball fells starting forward

Kings already doomed?

Southwest Division

San Antonio Spurs

Last year: 54-28, lost in first round of playoffs

Awww, rookies are so cute.

Awww, rookies are so cute.

Spurs healthy this year

but will it last? Old knees, backs

may need boost from Blair.

Houston Rockets

Last year: 53-29, lost in second round of playoffs

I dont care if youre the smallest center in the NBA, Chuck.

I don't care if you're the smallest center in the NBA, Chuck.

Old center: 7′

6″. New center: 6’6″. Will

small box mean good things?

Dallas Mavericks

Last year: 50-32, lost in second round of playoffs

This is Shawn Marions NBA.com profile pic.  Sharp!

This is Shawn Marion's NBA.com profile pic. Sharp!

Can aging Mavs reach

50 wins for 10th straight year?

Yes. Champs? Not so much.

New Orleans Hornets

Last year: 49-33, lost in first round of playoffs

Chris Paul!

Chris Paul!

I’m sorry, I know

Hornets are more than Chris Paul

but I do not care.

Memphis Grizzlies

Last year: 24-58, missed playoffs

Good thing YOU know how to share, Mike.

Good thing YOU know how to share, Mike.

Who’s getting the ball:

AI, Randolph, Mayo, Gay?

Poor, poor Mike Conley.

Thanks for indulging my taste for short form poetry.  Feel free to try your own in the comments!

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