It’s here! Four Camps open today

The season is finally here.

An offseason of unprecedented uprooting at long last gives way to sneakers squeaking with a purpose with the start of training camps in selected locales this weekend.

The Rockets, Timberwolves, Nets and Knicks tip it off today with each hosting their Media Day — the first official gathering and unveiling of each franchise’s full squad and coaching staff. The Lakers follow suit Saturday, closing out the teams that get a head start because of international commitments with NBA Europe Live and NBA China Games.

The other 25 teams get going on Monday with practices in full swing for everyone no later than Tuesday.

There won’t actually be any drills or scrimmages taking place today. Media Day is a chance for us pesky reporters to ask those pesky questions about the season ahead. Players generally model their uniforms for the first time for the cameras on hand, and in this case they’re trying on those spiffy new duds from adidas.

Houston is holding camp on campus in the Toyota Center. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com whets our whistle for the start of workouts with an Aaron Brooks Q&A. Friedman asks the young point guard if he sees an All-Star Game in his future:

“That would be nice. But I think about Aaron Brooks in the playoffs. I like the sound of that better. It’s not about what happens with me or to me, it’s about making it back to the playoffs. The fans and organization deserve that and we want to get there this year.”

The Wolves are also staying home, getting it done inside the Target Center. Timberwolves.com is taking fans inside Media Day 2010 Live with an all-access online pass. Be sure to keep up with Jonah Ballow‘s daily reporting from camp (including a possible chat with new addition Michael Beasley), and for Kurt Rambis‘ thoughts before it gets started, check out this video interview with Minny’s coach.

The Nets are holding camp at their new interim home (Prudential Center) under the guidance of their new coach (Avery Johnson). Ben Couch of Nets.com caught up with the Lil General, a diehard New Orleans Saints fan, a couple of days back:

“I’m excited. I’m cautious, but I’m optimistic. That’s where we are. Unlike the Saints, this franchise has been to the Finals two times. But the last few years have really been some tough years for us. I just feel it’s a brand new day for Nets basketball. It’s a new era and we’ll get that started on Saturday.”

The Knicks are headed to the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh for their camp. Coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Donnie Walsh talk team upgrades and the season ahead from New York’s practice site.

Kobe Bryant and the two-time defending champs hold camp at the Toyota Sports Complex in El Segundo. Check back with Lakers.com today to catch Phil Jackson‘s Saturday presser online.

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  2. Quinton says:

    Celtics vs Lakers Finals 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been a Boston fan since i was 6 years old after going to see them play the knicks at the garden. I stuck with them when we set a record for worst record in the nba. I just hate to see how many bandwagon miami fans are out there. I remember the past 3 years i saw nothing but red seats in the building and now all the season tickets are gone. I hate these pathetic bandwagon fans. Oh and who the hell is Chris Bosh? Some dude that was just there? He did toronto dirty. Bron lost the legend status when he said he was having a special.

  3. MrClarkie16 says:

    all your team sucks….goooooooooo mavsssss

  4. Vibhor Dhadda says:

    heattttt baby….
    d wade,, lebron da kinngg, and my man boshh

  5. lolol1 says:

    1. Heat
    2. Magic
    3. Celtics (They could either be here or 6, but they will still get to at least 2nd round in playoffs. Old, but still)
    4. Bulls
    5. Bucks
    6. Hawks
    7. Bobcats
    8. Knicks,Wizards,76ers (Amar’e may just get them there)(Wall, Arenas trade 4 SG, McGee/Blatche)(Turner may be the man)

    1. Lakers
    2. Mavs
    3. Blazers (all 50+ wins again. probably determined by personal games)
    4. Rockets
    5. Thunder (May jump to 2 if Cole and Harden prove theyre dominant)
    6. Denver (Lawson, Smith, Affalo, and the new addition of Harrington)
    7. Utah (Hayward and Al may just be better than their before roster)
    8. Spurs (Hill Anderson Blair and Splitter look so promising. not yet though.)

    Lakers over Spurs in a tough, tough battle to game 7.
    Mavs will defeat the Utah in a pretty challenging matchup.4-2
    Blazers decimate the Nuggets. 4-1.
    Rockets Upset by Thunder 4-2. (Good matchup, lol)

    Thunder and Lakers clash, but to be only defeated 4-2.
    Mavs defeat the Thunder most likely by outscoring. 4-1

    Lakers defeat the Mavs 4-3

    East conference will be hard to determine, but it’ll be the heat this year.

    Lakers over Heat. Lakes roster is more filled and natural, with more role players and 2nd tier players.

  6. The Hamlet says:

    Lebron has proved the last two years he is the best player leading the cavs to the best record twice with the team in his shoulder, cav fans should reconize that, and now we all the great players and suppoting guys in miami i cant wait to see how they will beat all the teams in the league, the only team that can give them a little bit of trouble are the lakers ,orlando and celtics. They will win it all this season!!! Go Lebron !!! GOOD DECISION !!!

  7. bountyhunter78 says:

    In breaking down the upper echelon of nba and predicting the next champion, you need to ask yourself just a couple of questions before proceeding to stake your hopes with any particular. First, who are they? Line up teams like LA, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Oklahoma, Dallas, Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, and Portland. Keep in mind, in this evaluation we’re assuming that all parties are healthy and have the full compliment of their roster. Secondly, you have to judge each individual team’s ability to guard the other members on your list as well as the problems they provide the opposition offensively. At the end of the day, the goal is to score more than the other guy after all. Thirdly, whose got the most to prove. Finally, extract YOUR favorite team from said discussion in hopes of remaining objective. in doing this exact thing, i’ve successfully predicted the last 6 champion teams every year just before training camp. This year, Miami defeats OKC. Sorry LAKERHATERSSUCK!

  8. Paul says:

    still the C’s are the best

  9. ricko says:

    boston i don’t think so dude

  10. ricko says:

    how about those laker all the way

  11. symon316 says:

    as long as riley take on the driver seat.. maybe heat will get the title..but dont count the celtics out..the old big 3 against the the young big 3 on the east finals.. rock on!!!

  12. JD(OCKWILLBETESTED) says:

    TO LAKERHATERSSUCK

    You know what bro, you are just a hater of what the Heat has achieved this preseason, and probably a LeBron hater. Who beat the Lakers last 08 season, a Celtics team that didn’t have a KNOWN bench (I used known because at that time, no one knew Leon Powe, Big baby, and no one thought that House would be a contributor off the bench). Lakers will be the favorite right now, they have a terrific bench, and they still have Kobe and Gasol, East will be a battle while the West will only have at most 5 teams that will make a challenge to the Lakers. The only thing that the heat needs to do is to have that chemistry, not just with the big three but chemistry as a whole team. The difference between Boston 08 and Heat 2011 is that KG is a good leader, and Pierce’s ego went down a mile, and Allen played his role. The question is, will LBJ do what KG did, is Wade ready to be the second option, or a passer, or a play maker, or can Bosh play a role of just a rebounder? Another question, can these three superstars be able to make their bench / team to look brilliant on the court. I am a Laker fan, but this will not be a walk in the park for the Lakers, but I am still rooting for them to win it all.

  13. Irving Andrade says:

    Lebron is coming with a vengeance to all the people who put him down and trash talked him. He is going to be pumped and all of you FAKER fans and haters can lie all you want but there is no more dominant player in the NBA than LEBRON. Two time MVP and hes pissed. Put that with WADE and BOSH plus an underestimated bench who honestly speaking is better than what he had on the cleveland bench cmon you guys know deep down the championship is in the BAG!!! Just look how far he got with the scrubs he played with in CLEVELAND, beat the magic and swept the lakers during the regular season, and now he has two all stars and a strong cast. You guys are all full of it when you deny it.. Its all good tho guys we will see soon enough..

  14. BlairPhil says:

    i do think the boston wil eventually win this season..

  15. dfhgjkjhgfdfghj says:

    My prediction
    East
    1. Heat
    2. Magic
    3. Bulls
    4. Bucks
    5. Celtics
    6. Hawks
    7. Knicks
    8. Bobcats or Nets (if they get Carmelo)
    Heat beat bobcats/nets, Magic beat knicks, Bulls beat hawks, celtics beat bucks, Heat beat celtics, Bulls beat magic, Heat beat Bulls
    West
    1. Thunder
    2. Lakers
    3. Blazers (if oden can stay healthy)
    4. Spurs
    5. Rockets
    6. Mavs
    7. Hornets
    8. Suns
    Thunder beat suns, Lakers beat hornets, Blazers beat mavs, Rockets beat spurs, Thinder beat rockets, Lakers beat Blazers, Thunder beat Lakers.
    Heat Beat thunder in game 7
    Awards
    MVP: Durant
    Most improved: Bogut
    6th Man: Crawford
    Rookie: Wall
    Finals MVP: D-Wade

  16. mamopo360 says:

    http://www.ihatelebronjames.com … funniest site ever

  17. NBAiscool says:

    Eastern conference
    1.Heat
    2.Magic
    3.Bulls
    4.bucks
    5.celtics
    6.Hawks
    7.Knicks
    8.cavaliers (beat HEAT XD)

    Western
    1.Lakers
    2.Thunder
    3.mavericks
    4.Suns
    5.Jazz
    6.Spurs
    7.Blazers
    8.Grizzlies

    i’m not a fan of miami heat but we got to admit they have the biggest chance of winning it all.. i’m a bulls fan not a laker fan but you’re just being stupid if you’re still saying kobe bryant and the lakers will beat miami heat all day! kobe can’t do that. and i bet this season miami will sweep the lakers. and in the playoffs miami will still have the biggest chance and i’m hoping that the bulls will beat the heat. and i think the lakers will have a hard time going to the finals because there is dallas,thunder,suns and other teams that they have a hard time to compete with. so yeah.

  18. Joshua says:

    lol eddy curry. where is this man? haven’t seen him on the floor since forever.

  19. Grizzfan8390 says:

    No one has said a thing about Memphis? They have the strongest starting 5 in the league last year and Heisley kept them in tact. On top of that, they added to their bench (Tony Allen, Xavier Henry, Greivis Vasquez) and the whole starting 5 is going to be a year older and mature. They will challenge for the playoffs this year and make some noise!

  20. Ruslan says:

    I still think that the NBA Final will be Lakers vs. Celtics

  21. The Knicks are gunna at least make the playoffs..
    I can See them Having a Better Record than the Hawks..
    Heat Magic Celtics Bulls Bucks Knicks Hawks Bobcats
    in that order
    thats my predictions

    • patrick says:

      i totally agree that is a very accurate prediction

      • Irving Andrade says:

        Why would they all the got AMARE and now he wont have NASH dishing him the ball so his numbers will plummet.. Im from NY and id love to see them do well but the roster isnt all that impressive. Hawks are much better.

  22. Chris says:

    This year will be a transition year for most teams. With the exception of the Lakers and the Celtics a lot has changed for this season. We have a possible new great team in Miami (I say possible because we have yet to see if the three stars can play team first basketball). In addition there are three great young up and coming teams. The Thunder, Bulls and the Bucks. The best of which, in my opinion, is the Thunder. We will likely see the decline of the Spurs, Nuggets, Utah and Dallas, with Houston sitting on the fence, whatever way the health of Yao goes, the team will go (weird,those are all western teams, lol). My guess is Miami will make it to at least the first round but not the semis (watch out for them next year tho if they learn to play as a team). Boston will be tough to beat, but face it, they are OLD! Injuries are almost a certainty. I believe their reliance old talent is going to hurt them in the end and stop them from going all the way. It would not suprise me a bit to see the Bulls in the eastern semi’s. In the west, the Lakers against who? The Thunder”s consistent play and excellent coaching last year make a strong case for the young team to greatly improve its record again this season. Which would likely lead to a Laker Thunder final. Would anybody watch if it ended up being Bulls Thunder in the finals?

  23. Chris says:

    I am really looking forward to the Playoffs in 2011!

    I expect the following teams to earn the following rankings in the Eastern Conference:
    1. Celtics
    2. Bucks
    3. Bulls
    4. Heat
    5. Magic
    6. Raptors
    7. Bobcats
    8. Wizards

    I expect the following teams to earn the following rankings in the Western Conference:
    1. Lakers
    2. Suns
    3. Thunder
    4. Jazz
    5. Mavericks
    6. Rockets
    7. Spurs
    8. Blazers

  24. LAKERS_SUCKS says:

    LOL. Well all those lakers fan ,better get excuses all loaded up when heats win. Watch all of you sucking on kobes ,are gonna know how lebron was. & gonna say all this BS how theres 3 allstars in 1 team .
    LEBRON IS BETTER THAN KOBE.
    KOBE CANT EVEN STAND ON LEBRON TURF.

    • Irving Andrade says:

      VERY WELL PUT MAN.. I can hear all the haters now crying when MIAMI takes it all talking about its not fair they had 3 all stars blah blah blah!! All the haters have no idea what they did, they went and pissed off the best player in the league and fed him all the motivation he needs to come and destroy the competetion just to rub it in everyones face.. CANT WAIT..

  25. SavetheKNICKS says:

    the way I see it its going to be
    East
    1. Heat
    2. Magic
    3. Celtics
    4. Bulls
    5. Hawks
    6. Bucks
    7. Bobcats
    8. Knicks (its really a tossup here but i can hope)
    heat beat knicks, magic destroy bobcats again, bucks beat celtics, bulls beat hawks
    bulls beat heat, magic beat bucks
    magic beat bulls to go the finals

    west
    1. lakers
    2. thunder
    3. rockets
    4. blazers
    5. suns
    6. nuggets
    7. mavs
    8. spurs
    lakers beat spurs, thunder beat mavs, rockets beat nuggets, suns beat blazers
    lakers beat suns, thunder beat rockets in a very interesting series
    thunder beat lakers in a passing the torch series to go to the finals

    Magic edge out Thunder in 7 to be NBA champs

    this all coming from a knick fan

  26. Superrach21 says:

    Don’t forget about the Thunder, DURANT is a beast !! This season is going to be sick !! East is going to be tight Celtics, Magic, Heat…bring it on!!

  27. TrueChampionsDontLeaveTown says:

    I love all the big city noise…Miami, LA, Boston, Blah blah blah…this is the year the Dynasty begins….in OKLAHOMA CITY.

  28. Josh says:

    Ladies, please stop hatin on the Heat. they’re goin all the way this year. Kobe doesn’t have it in him for a three-peat.

  29. Ali says:

    You guys are all idiots! Everyone is talking about Lakers, Heat, Boston, or Chicago.
    NONE of you guys have a clue about the Rockets. Yao is back! They have a the most improved PG in the league with Aaron Brooks and he is only going to get better the next season! The most dominant player in the FIBA tournament, Luis Scola! Even Durant said he is the MVP! The most underrated SG in the league, Kevin Martin! He can score with ease with a higher fg% and goes to the line 10 times a game. It is his second year with the Rockets and he will be more comfortable in the system this year. Brooks and Martin will be one of the most dominant backcourts in the NBA this season. You have Shane Battier as the SF, one of the best defensive players in the NBA. He can hit a few 3′s too! LOL
    Finally, Rockets have one of the deepest bench in basketball! Lowry, Budinger, Brad Miller, Courtney Lee(just traded for Ariza), Patterson(started in the college championship team), Chuck Hayes(he held his own when Yao was gone), and Taylor. Oh did I mention, ‘Melo said his number one pick right now is the Rockets! ’nuff said!

    They will definitely give Lakers a run for the championship if Yao stays healthy. All you Miami fans are ignorant. They are not going anywhere this year. You need a bench to play ball!!

  30. bountyhunter78 says:

    this is a request going out to all bloggers. open your eyes and evaluate this upcoming season with your mind and not your hearts. To all those who claim the Heat have no bench, i invite you to take a look at the ’98 Bulls and point out the dominant components on that team outside of kukoc. i didn’t think so. with an abundance of talent in the starting five, Miami doesn’t NEED dominant players off the pine, or at the 1 and 5 spots. They just need guys that are willing to do the dirty work ( Udonis Haslem, Jamal Magloire, and maybe Dampier) and dudes to knock down what will be an abundance of open jump shots (Mike MIller, Eddie House, James Jones). Will they win ’72. I don’t know. Will they win the championship. I couldn’t tell you. the one true fact is that, with the combination of James, Wade, and Bosh, they have as good a chance as anyone. if you don’t believe this, you’re delusional. You can lie to me. You can lie to other bloggers. But you can’t lie to yourself

  31. THE REAL CUBA OF BOSTON says:

    well since we are all grown here lets talk reality not fantasy,
    MIAMI does have a chance to make the finals , i said a chance thats right becuse in my humble opinion the EAST is finally stacked , the CELTICS are still tuff to beat in a series , the MAGIC are stil contenders , and then you have the surrprise teams like the BABY BULLS who are ready to show the horns. as a CELTIC fan I could say they are going all the way , but as a BASKETBALL FAN first im a stay grounded and say that it can be MIAMI- and LAKERS but they both have tuff roads to drive this year , the west is actually a little easier to conquer this year in my eyes as DENVER has the MELO issue , PORTLAND is one injury away always with ODEN, the ROCKETS are better or can be , but the
    LAKERS will not be tested as much as the MIAMI HEAT they are now wearing the target, every team will wan to take out the FEE,FYE,FOE GIANTS. with that being said the finals are going to be LAKERS vs MIAMI/BOSTON who ever wins out the EAST

  32. Ian says:

    Celtics vs Bulls in East finals; the rematch

    • Irving Andrade says:

      OOOOOO THAT WOULD BE VERY FUN TO WATCH AFTER CELTICS TOOK YOU GUYS OUT BUT TOO BAD MIAMI IS GOING TO BE PLAYING THE CELTICS IN THE FINALS..

  33. BOB says:

    Why is everyone sleeping on the Celtics… ? keep talking about Miami, Lakers, Bulls… But come crunch time, the Celtics are gunna come up big.

  34. Andre says:

    The West is weak., Eastteams will destroy

    • Adam J says:

      The west is hardly weak. Lakers, Thunder, Mavs, Spurs, Blazers, Jazz, even the Rockets if Yao is healthy is a really tough group. After the Heat, Celtics, Bulls, Magic and maybe the Bucks and Hawks the East is really weak. You still have teams like the Grizzlies, Suns, and Hornets that are much tougher the the bottom of the East.

    • Adam J says:

      The west is hardly weak. Lakers, Thunder, Mavs, Spurs, Blazers, Jazz, even the Rockets if Yao is healthy is a really tough group. After the Heat, Celtics, Bulls, Magic and maybe the Bucks and Hawks the East is really weak. You still have teams like the Grizzlies, Suns, and Hornets that are much tougher than the bottom of the East.

  35. Josh says:

    Wolves Media Day is inside Target Center, but Training Camp is held 90 minutes away at the (Glen) Taylor Center in Mankato, Minn. But I don’t expect any less accurate reporting, since its about the Wolves.

  36. matt says:

    I know a lot of people are saying miami has a weak bench but it doesnt need to be a dominant bench cause the games will be over when they get on court anyway.
    they dont need a dominant center because they have mad sg, sf, and pf so saying that there not strong at pg and c is stupid because wade and lebron will run point most of the game anyway.
    plus miami are about to sign dampier which will give them another defensive center

    5
    wade
    bron
    miller
    bosh
    dampier

    bench
    z
    haslem
    house
    chalmers
    arroyo
    anthony
    howard

    • Dampier has nver been dominant at anything. And just looking at that bench has me sitting here laughing!! Chalmers, Anthony, Howard and especially z. Bench is a joke.

    • RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOOO says:

      rondo will eat your first five anytime of the day..goodluck miami..see u lakers…

      • Irving Andrade says:

        YEAH OK U SOUND SILLY MAN SINCE WHEN IS RONDO BETTER THAN EITHER WADE OR LEBRON???? YOU SMOKING SOME GOOD STUFF MAN..

    • unknown says:

      Oh my god Dampier hahahahahaha.My bad but lakerhatersuckIs is right even if I’m a orlando magic fan.The starting 5 and bench was joke a or real????The problem with the heat is the center, and power foward position.They will have trouble with how many minute their should play and who is effective agaisnt who.Chris bosh is the player who have lost the most already in this team.He will became another jermaine O’neal became forgotten after the first season with the heat.He will struggle and dispear in the playoffs that’s for sure.

  37. Kobe24 says:

    Miami Has Talents and the big three are good friends so they have teamwork
    so im pretty sure
    the finals are gonna be
    lakers vs heat

    LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

  38. Lakers "R" Lame says:

    Miami has already won. And don’t say that we don’t have a bench, Big Z, Mike Miller, Carlos Arroyo, Udonis Haslem, Eddie House, and Joel Anthony are a bunch of great reserves. With these players around our three KINGS, there’s no doubt we’ve won. If the Celtics could do it with their big three, we are sure to do it this season. And for all you Lakers fans that say they wont be able to play together due to bad chemistry or selfish play, your wrong. They managed when they were on team USA remember?

    • The celtics had a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better team in 08 and even now!! I cant believe you heat fans keep talking about big z. He should be called weak z. Did you heat fans forget how he fairs againist Dwight Howard becasue he is on your team. Dwight Howard man handles so called big z. Z is a joke, please dont think all of a sudden he is this dominant center. He will out played by Dwight Howard and any other center in the league because he is weak. And who in the world is Joel Anthony, never heard of him. Sounds like the heat have a bunch of nobodys in the center position. And you had the nerve to throw carlos arroyo in there, OMG, too funny. Guess miami is depending on the three kings to do it all. Good luck with that. Keep in mind injuries, foul trouble etc. Anyway LAKERS will 3 peat!!! By the way you cant compare the way they played for the Olympics and say they will do the same thing in miami. One small difference is they didnt have a bunch of nobodies surrounding them. They actually had good young players on the Olympic team not scurbs. No where near comparable!

      • Irving Andrade says:

        ALL HE HAS TO DO IS DEFEND.. HOUSE IS GONNA DROP 3S ALL DAY JUST LIKE HE DID TO YOU LAKERS WHEN BOSTON WON THE RING.. PLUS MILLER IS ANOTHER DANGER FROM 3 POINT LAND.. THEN YOU GOT BOSH WHO IS A PROVEN SCORER.. CHALMERS AND ARROYO ARENT HALF BAD.. WADE AND JAMES EACH DEMAND DOUBLE TEAMS.. YOU GUYS HAVE NOOOO D FOR THIS TEAM.. SOMONE WILL BE WIDEEEEE OPEN AND SURE ENOUGH THEY WILL PUT UP POINTS REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY MAY HAVE DONE BEFORE IN THEIR CAREERS.. ON DEFENSE I DONT HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING.. LEBRON AND WADE ARE GOING TO BE CHASING PEOPLE DOWN SMACKIN THE SWEAT OUT OF BALLS LEFT AND RIGHT..

  39. LAKERS BABY says:

    Miami’s not even going to reach the finals. I’m thinking Bulls ( if they get melo ), Orlando or even Boston are gonna go up against the Lakers.

    Miami’s bench is weak compared to the other contenders. You can’t expect lebron, wade and bosh to put in 48min all season long. Not gonna happen.

    They’ll reach the confrence finals maybe, but not the NBA finals.

    Lakers will win the finals again, Just because their bench is an A+ and Miami has a C+ bench.

  40. Snika says:

    Honestly, I’m just as interested to see how teams like the Suns, Cavs, Raptors, and Knicks will fair this season. Their destinies are up in the air, and we aren’t exactly sure what to expect… which is kind of exciting.

  41. Lamond Johnson says:

    @ Irving Andrade really Miami has it in the bag already. So that big green monster called BOSTON is just going to give them a free pass I think not.. Don’t get me wrong I’m no Boston fan…I;m a fan of no team really more of three players. Shaq, Kobe and D Wade. As as great as the “Beach Boys” are… Boston is tons better literally tons better.. I expect Boston and L.A again in a game 7 Finals and Shaq sticks it to kobe and spoils his three peat….

    • I agreee with ya about Boston being better than miami. Coach is better and more experienced. Starting line up from top to bottm will be better than the heat. And the bench will also be better than the heat. This is why i can understand why these miami cats think they just got the championship because of who they signed. I guess they forgot it takes more than three guys to go all the way. About SHAQ sticking it to KOBE. I highly doubt that will happen. Shaq probably wont even see a lot of playing time when the playoffs role around due to injury. LAKERS will 3 peat.

      • pde10 says:

        Naw, the Thunder won’t allow the Lakers to make the finals this year.

      • Doomang says:

        Hmm… Coach more experienced, yes, better? that’s debatable. I think most would argue that the Celtics’ recent run of success has occured in spite of Doc Rivers’ presence, not because of it. Also, Boston won the title with essentially the same formula as the Heat are using now except Boston’s superstars were already over the hill whereas the Heat superstars are just beginning to peak. I’m not handing them the crown, I still think the Lakers are the favorite to repeat at this point, but anyone who says the Heat are garbage because they have no talent outside of their version of the Big 3 and won’t go anywhere in the postseason are just hating for the sake of hating. Did anyone even give a 2nd thought to anyone on the Celtics’ championship roster beyond the Big 3 and James Posey? I know I didn’t see anything particularly special in Rondo, Perkins, Davis, Leon Powe or Tony Allen, but with the Big 3 there both offensive and defensive pressure were taken off of these young and at that time unproven players. And using Leon Powe’s performance for the Cavaliers as Exhibit A, it’s clear that less than mediocre players may be allowed to shine in the presence of a trio of superstars.

      • Adam J says:

        ped10 we are on the same page. I love the Thunder and they may challenge the Lakers this year. and Doomang you are right on too.

    • Irving Andrade says:

      I DONT THINK THEY WILL JUST GIVE TO MIAMI BUT IN THE END MIAMI IS BETTER.. DONT GET ME WRONG I GOT TONS OF RESPECT FOR BOSTON, THEY HAVE A STRONG SQUAD AND OUT OF ALL THE NBA I THINK THEY WILL BE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE.. BUT YOU HAVE ALOT OF GUYS WHO ARE WAY WAY PAST THIER PRIME AND ONLY TIME WILL TELL HOW MUCH THEY GOT LEFT.. SHAQ, GARNETT, AND ONEAL ARE WASHED UP.. MIAMI IS THE UPDATED, BETTER, YOUNGER BIG THREE AND I THINK ITS THEIR TIME NOW.. IT WILL BE A GOOD MATCHUP IN THE EASTERN CONFRENCE FINALS.. BUT WE WILL COME OUT AND THEN LAKERS WILL BE A WALK IN THE PARK IF THEY MANAGE TO GET PAST THE THUNDER..

  42. mike says:

    quit pplayin we all kno the heat r gonna win it all

    • audie says:

      hell naw…the lakers. this lakers team is the most scariest team right in this era. we have finally have dominant bench that can play any type of style. i mean cmn. lmar odom steve blake theo ratliff, shannon brown matt barnes. nd the rejuvinated rookies. who think will get playing time. there is now way. that the heat are gonna beat the lakers. whos the dominant center? nobody. whos their best backup point guard. arroyo? nope. chalmers. whenever is he gonna pop out of the shell. he hasnt been playing the way has playing since he left kansas.

      • My point exactly! The heat do not have dominant centers. They are all weak, Z. Or inexperienced, the rest of them. If the sign dampier, even he is still weak as hell, but he would be better than anything they have. The bench is probably the weakest in the league. Besides miller and house, i dont know which one would come off the bench. Everyone else are a bunch of nobodys or just old bodies like Juan Howard. What will he have left in the tank when the playoffs role around. People that thnk this heat team is winning a championship this year, you guys are a joke. Mark my word, they wont win anything until they get better point guards, a dominat center, and a more experienced coach. Just wait and see. Its great to see the heat fans so excited. Because when you lose in june, ill be here to rub it in when my LAKERS are holding that LARRY OBRIEN trophy!! LOL!!!!

      • Doomang says:

        How quickly people forget… Wasn’t it just 3 years ago people were saying the EXACT same thing about the Celtics when Garnett and Allen joined Pierce? The only other player on that team that had made any sort of a name for himself at that time was James Posey, but the thing is having 3 players who command double-teams tends to make the game much easier for the players around them. They won the title with old castaways, PJ Brown & Sam Cassell, as well as young, unproven players, Leon Powe, Tony Allen, Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins, and Rajon Rondo and an unproven coach in Doc Rivers. When you’ve got three players that require six defenders to stop them, the floor tends to open up a bit, which also helps to make the coach look better. How about letting the season develop until at least the All-Star break before labeling the Heat as “pretenders”? They DID manage a 5th seed in the playoffs with a roster that almost literally could not score a point without Dwyane Wade on the floor, and it’s pretty clear that their roster is improved since the only significant piece they gave up during the offseason was Beasley who has shown that he’s likely going to be nothing more than about a 15 and 7 guy who shoots a decent percentage from beyond the arc.

    • Goes to show how much you know about basketball. That or your just a heat or lequeen fan. Heat fans will be soooo but hurt in june. And ill be right back on this website to rub it right in your faces when the LAKERS 3 peat.

      • A fan of the NBA says:

        We all know that the Heat are going to be good in the regular season, playoffs are an unknown. We all know that the Lakers will have a good regular season, and excel in the playoffs (barring big injury for both teams). But despite this Lakers vs Heat war of words, I doubt either team will win it all this year. A healthy Houston team can make a run, and a healthy Boston team can make a run, but I don’t think either will win it all. The Magic will be very good. Same can be said for the Mavs, but I dont think either one of them will win it all. This is just a gut feeling, but I honestly believe that the Milwaukee Bucks or the Chicago Bulls will win it all. The Bucks are this years dark horse team. They have players at every position who can contribute (and a valuable trading piece midseason when Redd returns). So I’m not saying that the Bucks WILL win it all, they just have a good chance. Anyway, this is coming from a LIFELONG CELTICS FAN, not a bandwagon fan. I was a huge fan of Al Jefferson, and Ricky Davis. I was a fan through their treacherous season before they made the trades and won it all. I am not biased at all, these are based on statistical and historical info, as well as gut feeling. Also, we don’t know who will win the championship until a team has 4 wins in the 2011 Finals so nothing is guarenteed, duh.

  43. airbourne says:

    miami??? booooo!!!!!!! go LAKERS!!!

  44. Irving Andrade says:

    MIAMI already has the ring in the bag this year everyone else is just fighting for second place..

    • MIAMI SUCKS says:

      Thats the problem with you heat fans. You think just because you got Lequeen, someone after being in the league for 7 years has shown he doesnt have what it takes when it comes to the playoffs. Save that BS about him never having a team to help him go all the way. That is pure BS. Then you have someone who well deserves to be called overrated in chris bosh. What did he ever do in Toronto, nothing. The only person miami can rely on when it comes to the playoffs is wade. The coach is unproven and your bench is weak. So until you beat the LAKERS which in my opinion, wont happen. Dont count your eggs before they hatch, cuzz i have a feeling you miami fans will be a little but hurt come to june just like Lequeen has the past 7 seasons.

      • Dthang says:

        1st off the best player lebron has ever played with was…shaq…mo williams is very in consistant ….who else has he ever played with that was considered a star????? antwain jamison…. seriously???? aj…..the team he just came from had one of the worst records this year…enough said…..wade has had a star on his team b4 shaq and shaq was cositantly getting buckets ….and they won a championship….bosh never had a real team..and as far as the lake show is concernerd…they should be nervouse becuase Kobe ……lost to toronto he missed that game winner he hit a reallly really difficult shot against wade and lost to “lequeen”…and now they 2gether …..kobe nervous…wether he …and his fans admit it or not

      • You must be like six years old. This website is for grown men. When have you ever saw KOBE look like he had fear in his eyes. Why would he fear a team with players that didnt have what it took to carry a team to a title. Dude yea right!! What you heat bandwagon hoppers hate to admit, in reality the LAKERS have a much better team from top to bottom than the heat. From the coach, to the starting lineup to the bench the LAKERS are better. This is a team game, so it will take more than the three amigos to go all the way.LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • And there you Lequeen fans go making excuses for him again. AHHHHHH, he never had a good team around him. That is BS!!

      • pde10 says:

        lol, a Laker fan spouting off about bandwagon jumpers.

      • Adam J says:

        Miami Suck: calm down a little man, I love Kobe and Lebron so I’m not on a biased side so I can say that clearly the supporting cast means a lot. When is the only time Kobe has been able to get out of the first round? When he has had another all-NBA guy on his team, Shaq or Pau. It’s not making excuses for Lebron its just fact that he hasn’t had anywhere near that caliber of teammate until now. Yes Lebron is full of himself and The Decesion was a bad bad hour for him but lets seperate personal and proffesional. LeBron’s career playoff numbers are 29, 8, and 7…pretty impressive for a guy who apparently can’t get it done in the playoffs, huh? Yes Kobe has an absolute assasin mindset which seperates him in some areas but Lebron is the more physically imposing player and a better passer. Just becasue Kobe hits fadeaway jumpers for the win doesn’t mean he is more clutch than everybody else. Actually, Lebron and Dwyane Wade’s efficiency ratings are much higher than Kobe’s in the last two minutes of games so who is more clutch? Well we all define that differently don’t we. Don’t let a poor decision on how to handle himself cloud the fact that he is incredible and this Heat team is gonna be insanely tough to beat.

      • Irving Andrade says:

        PLEASE FAKER FANS DONT GET IT TWISTED LEBRON SWEPT THE LAKERS LAST YEAR WITH A MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH WORSE TEAM THEN HE HAS NOW SO YOU GUYS ARE MORE THAN DONE WITH THOSE TRASH PICK UPS YOU GUYS GOT.. KOBE DOESNT EVEN HAVE IT ANYMORE HE STRUGGLED IN THE PLAYOFFS.. IF ANYONE CAN TALK IT CAN BE CHICAGO, MAGIC, OR ORLANDO WHO WILL BE MORE CHALLENGES.. HOWEVER THE HEAT WILL BE ON TOP IN THE END.. LIKE I SAID BEFORE THE RING IS IN THE BAGGGGGGGGGG!!!!

      • Team Red Nation says:

        The only reason that the lakers win the ring because of kobe, and the rest of the player are such. I am sorry the lakers is such any way. They just have their heigh advantage, they win the rocket in the playoff because of yao get hurt.

  45. wesley says:

    tooo bad but………THE MAGIC ARE GONNA WIN IT ALL THIS SEASON!!!!

    • adam ortiz says:

      man knicks r gonna take it this season i still got a little bit of faith

    • audie says:

      you must be on magic crack. they dnt got a chance. u talking about the east conference. this east conference is going to be a battle. i wouldnt be surprised that the magic are gonna make it at least to the semifinals with so much skilled players in the east.

  46. E. K. Meister says:

    Go Wolves !!!

  47. zOOvidO says:

    i can’t wait for the Bulls to break the east division with their newly acquired monster… bOOzer…!!!

    • BOB says:

      Carlos Boozer… a monster. REALLY? keep dreaming my friend.

    • Boozer Sucks says:

      lol! boozer a monster?
      I’m from utah and believe me dude, everyone here could not wait to get rid of boozer. He may look good when on camera and when the media is in his face, but i promise you once the excitment of the new season dies down, he will too. He is the biggest flaker I have ever seen. I spends his seasons on the bench complaining about sissy little injuries, and when he’s on the court he acts like a butterfly worried about getting it’s wings hurt. Here in utah we called him boozer the loser, and that was wayyyy before he was traded. I have honestly never seen a man of his stature act like such a wuss.

      • Team Red Nation says:

        This season the rocket is going for the champingship ring.
        Top team in the east is the boston celtics, the heat.
        Top team in the west is the rocket, the sun, by the way lakers such!

  48. Tenki says:

    The start of these training camps means only one thing: the NBA is starting its next season! I can’t wait for it to happen!!!

    • sedale says:

      i hope this is the best nba season ever…..it could be the last for awhile:-(

    • L.Ckz says:

      Your a good NBA fan Kobe24 LOL. Isn’t it obvious to everyone that the Heat are gonna make it to the Finals? The Celtics won’t have Perkins until midseason and Shaq WON’T replace Perk. The Celtics had a good run. Miami will get to the Finals because. . . Home Court Advantage. Do you realize how important that is?! Honestly if the Lakers didn’t have home court against the Celtics, they would of lose. Right or wrong? Boston is to old. And the Magic. If Carter and Lewis choke again, that’s a sweep for Miami. Its not like Howard is gonna go for 40 points a night to beat Miami. And it won’t be Orlando draining the three ball, its gonna be Miami. House, Miller, Chalmers, Jones, Wade, and LeBron can all shoot the ball pretty damn good behind the arc. Not to mention Wade and LeBron drawing the doubles. The Lakers are the biggest threat to the Heat. Not because of their bench, but because of their clutchness towards the end of games. Fisher, Kobe, Gasol, and Artest all contribute big time in the 4th. Its proven! I’m a Miami fan. I started watching basketball the year Miami won, and have stuck with them since. I’m not biased to L.A and hope Miami and L.A can put a better series than last year with Boston and L.A! IMO, Miami wins the ring at home. Obviously. No hating please LOL