Kawhi新学期计划-联盟新王，将君临何方？ Leonard is many things. To Canada, he’s a champion. To fans of the Heat and Warriors, he’s a dynasty slayer.To the Spurs, he’s the one who got away. To Woj, Shams, Stein, and all the news breakers, he’selusive.
slayer /'sleir/ n. someone who kills an animal in a violent way 屠宰者
elusive /lusv/ adj. an elusive person or animal is difficult to find or not often seen 难以找到的
But over the last few months, he has emerged as the most important player in the league. He has shown he can win a championship almost by himself, and where he chooses to play next will change the league for years to come.
After all the madness on Sunday, there is no obvious favorite to win it all. There is no Heatles. There is no Hamptons 5 Warriors. There is no stackedteam for fans, media, and rival executives to complain about. There is no inevitability.
stacked /stkt/ adj. full of something 堆满的
It’s the first time since the 2014-15 season—LeBron’s first season back with the Cavaliers—that the league has felt wi新学期计划-联盟新王，将君临何方？de open, full of possibilities, with a long list of te新学期计划-联盟新王，将君临何方？ams with real hope of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy next June.
hoist /hst/ n. To raise or haul up 举起
Kawhi could change all that with his decision.
If Kawhi chooses to stay with the Raptors, they’ll likely be favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the Finals. But that’s no guarantee. It took a four-bounce buzzer-beater in Game 7 for the Raps to beat the Sixers. Luck may not be on their side next year.
bounce /bans/ When an object such as a ball bounces or when you bounce it, it moves upwards from a surface 弹跳
buzzer-beater /bz-bit/ n. 压哨球
If Kawhi chooses the Los Angeles Clippers—the team he was most heavily linked with over the course of the 2018-19 season—they could be the favorites in the Western Conference.
But they can’t immediately become the favourite, teams that were just a notchworse than the Warriors in recent years like the Nuggets, Blazers, Rockets, and Thunder will be in the conversation, too.
not新学期计划-联盟新王，将君临何方？ch /nt/ n. You can refer to a level on a scale of measurement or achievement as a notch 等级
With Kawhi on either Toronto or the Clips, a serious case could be made for any one of a dozen teams to win the Finals. But if Kawhi chooses the Los Angeles Lakers, all bets are off.
The Lakers would have Anthony Davis, LeBron and Kawhi. Only the Heat and Warriors have been loaded with that much star power this decade, and we saw what those teams did with that talent. The Lakers would be prohibitivefavorites to win the title by a significant margin.
prohibitive / prhbtv/ adj. prohibitive costs are so high that they prevent people from b森林人uying or doing something 制止运用或购买的,制止性的
But there woul新学期计划-联盟新王，将君临何方？d be some obstacles in the way. Adam Silver and the league office have thrown aroundideas to increase fan interest during the long regular season, including a midseason tournament. The league knows it needs to change with the times. A loaded Lakers team would almost be a throwback.
throw around phrasal verb. to share, exchange, discuss things, such as idea.评论
Either many teams with relatively average competitiveness, which makes the NBA more fascinating, or a team packed with three All-Stars, which indicates the end of the story, it all depends on one man-- Kawhi Leonard.
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