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  1. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Last season: 57-25, second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The trip to the postseason was shorter than usual for the then-back-to-back defending champs, as they were unceremoniously swept out of the second round by the eventual champion Mavericks. Head Coach: Mike Brown takes the helm in his first season with the Lakers after Phil…

  2. Eric Gordon found out he was traded next to bus of Clippers fans

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon, Solomon Jones, Brandon Rush

    Awk-ward. Wednesday night the Clippers had a bus-tour with fans — Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and other players were riding around Los Angeles. Just as they were milling around afterward, word started to lead out that the Chris Paul to the Clippers trade was a reality. Griffin called out “lob city” and chest…

  3. NBA Season Preview: Portland Trail Blazers

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    2010-11 record: 48-34 Head Coach: Nate McMillan Key Departures: Brandon Roy, Greg Oden (out for season), Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller Key Additions: Nolan Smith, Raymond Felton Best-Case Scenario: The Blazers somehow find a way to once again overcome a slew of injuries and use their depth to be a mid-level playoff team in the Western…

  4. Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul

    The Los Angeles Lakers lost a battle for a superstar with the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time that happened… come on, that never happened before. But now Chris Paul is a Clipper and the Lakers are pissed off. Not really at the Clippers, who Lakers fans never had a rivalry with — they view…

  5. NBA Season Preview: Boston Celtics

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Last season: 56-26 and a tough out by the hand of LeBron James. Head Coach: The perennially fantastic Doc Rivers. He may not have the mystique of Gregg Popovich or the cult appeal of Stan Van Gundy, but Rivers consistently does a great job of balancing the personalities on Boston’s roster while drawing up highly…

  6. NBA Season Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:45 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday

    Last season: 41-41, resulting in a competitively uncompetitive first-round loss to the Miami Heat. Head Coach: Doug Collins, who still wants to be your friend. Need a ride to the airport, Thaddeus? He’s your guy. Need someone to help you move, Elton? Please, you don’t even have to ask. Dog-sitting? His pleasure! Creating a stable…

  7. NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Last season: 42-40 — good enough for a middling playoff seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni, who has an intriguing roster but will have to step out of his comfort zone. As a playmaker, Toney Douglas isn’t Steve Nash…or Raymond Felton…or Chauncey Billups. As…

  8. NBA Season Preview: New Jersey Nets

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

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    Last season: 24-58, a better-than-last-year mark that reminds us all just how terrible bad teams can be. Head Coach: Avery Johnson, who still has a lot to prove. We know he can yell at teams filled with veterans until they win 60+ games, but how effectively can he groom young talent? How does his system…

  9. NBA Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Newly hired Detroit Pistons head coach Frank speaks with media as Pistons President Dumars listens during news conference in Auburn Hills, Michigan

    2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

  10. NBA Season Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 AM EDT

    dwane Casey

    Last season: 22-60. It was even uglier than it sounds. Head Coach: Dwane Casey, who will finally get another crack at a head coaching gig. Casey seemed to be unfairly typecast as an assistant over the last few seasons, but the Raptors have brought him in on the strength of a championship-worthy defensive system. Casey’s…

  11. NBA Season Preview: Sacramento Kings

    Dec 15, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: 24-58, second to last in the West. Head Coach: Paul Westphal Key Departures: Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi Key Additions: Jimmer Fredette, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: Continued development of Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins, and dramatic improvement in the team’s offense. The Kings will need to see some serious…

  12. NBA Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving from Duke University smiles before the 2011 NBA Draft in Newark

    Last Season: 19-63 Head Coach: Byron Scott Key Additions: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi Key Departures: Baron Davis, J.J. Hickson Best case scenario: A spirited campaign for a near-.500 record and a slim chance at grabbing the 8th playoff spot in the East. For that to happen: Kyrie Irving comes on strong, the team’s…

  13. NBA Season Preview: Atlanta Hawks

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: 44-38, fifth seed in the East. Took out the Orlando Magic in six in the first round, before losing in six to the Chicago Bulls in the second. Head Coach: Larry Drew Key Departures: Jamal Crawford is technically still with the Hawks, but several reports have him trying to decide between Portland, the…

  14. How the Hornets can rebuild in five easy steps from the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:02 AM EDT

    Dell Demps

    Are you a small market franchise that just lost the best player in franchise istory? Trying to understand how to move on after losing the best player to ever don your laundry? Are you the New Orleans Hornets? Then have no fear! I’m here to show you the road to redemption in five easy steps.…

  15. NBA Season Preview: Dallas Mavericks

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas players Carter, Marion, Nowitzki, Odom, Kidd, and Terry pose for photos during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

    Last season: 57-25, good enough for the third seed in the West, but then all the pieces clicked at the right time. The Mavericks rode a great post season from Dirk Nowitzki plus key contributions from Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and others — they got a depth of contributions no other team could…

  16. NBA Season Preview: Charlotte Bobcats

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

    Last season: 34-48, three games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Head Coach: Paul Silas, who will get his first full season at the helm after taking over for Larry Brown in December of last year. Key Departures: Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston, traded away to Milwaukee in a draft day deal. Key Additions:…

  17. It’s official, Rip Hamilton signs with Chicago Bulls

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is about as surprising as another celebrity death hoax on twitter. Richard Hamilton has signed with the Chicago Bulls, making official what everyone knew was coming from the minute the Pistons announced they were buying out his contract last week. This is a three-year, $15 million deal with Chicago but only the first two years…

  18. David Stern thinks you can get off his back now for the Chris Paul trade

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    The NBA held a conference call Wednesday night to discuss the trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick. The call was as much for the league to try and spin the damage control caused by the league’s…

  19. NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: 23-59, the fourth lowest win total in the entire league. Head Coach: Flip Saunders, who may or may not be the best fit for this talented but undisciplined group of young players. Key Departures: None yet, although Nick Young, who improved offensively last season, is a restricted free agent. Michael Lee of the…

  20. NBA Season Preview: Miami Heat

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Last season: 58-24, second seed in the East. We all know how this turned out — Miami made it to the NBA Finals in its first season with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, but lost the title to Dallas in six games. Head Coach: Erik Spoelstra, who interestingly enough has not yet been…

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