The NBA Playoffs kick off today and fan interest in this year’s season has been remarkably high. TNT boasted its highest-rated and most-viewed regular season ever, while a number of superstars will make the playoffs both intriguing and exciting. Likely league MVP LeBron James is still in search of his first ring — and if he doesn’t get it, media scrutiny will be at a fevered pitch. Other storylines in this year’s playoffs include an upstart and thriving Oklahoma City Thunder, a league-best Chicago Bull team welcoming the return of its star Derrick Rose and a quest for all-time great Kobe Bryant for an MJ-matching sixth ring.

Here are ten storylines theGrio is following that will make this year’s NBA playoffs worth every minute.