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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham News and Links for Wednesday, October 25

NBA season

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Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

good morning!

This hoddle is for all you basketball fans out there —

The NBA season is back! And with it the annual tradition of the four major US sports leagues lining up. But we’re even luckier with college football and Spurs. Great days indeed.

As you all know, your hoddler-in-chief is a long-suffering Phoenix Suns fan. We were on the cusp of glory a couple years ago, only to lose to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals.

Since that 2021 season, only Devin Booker remains. Out are Deande Ayton, Chris Paul and head coach Monty Williams.

In: Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal and head coach Luke Vogel.

The Suns have the most dangerous shooters in the game. That’s undeniable. How Vogel - who I mostly consider a defensive head coach - manages that will be interesting to see. Expectations are sky high.

It’s a title or nothing.

But Denver are standing in the way. I think Phoenix did some good work to close in on them this year, even though the LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors will also be threats in the West.

The Eastern Conference has also had a major reshuffle with Jrue Holiday joining the Boston Celtics and Damian Lillard teaming up with Giannis Antetokounmpo.

And the most exciting player to watch this year - Victor Wembanyama - will be turning heads with the San Antonio Spurs (We don’t like those Spurs).

I’m excited for this season. I’m not quite sold on Beal, but it was right to move on from Paul and Ayton. And perhaps Williams took this team as far as he could’ve.

Maybe this is the year all that suffering will be worth it.

Fitzie’s track of the day: Stay Right Here, by Allison Russell

And now for your links:

Beth England says hip surgery might have saved her career

The Athletic ($$): How Tottenham showed maturity in their win vs Fulham

Everton chairman Bill Kenright dies aged 78

How ‘all-in’ is each NBA team heading into the 2023-24 season?