HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Identifying the first four or five teams in the Eastern Conference regular season and eventual playoff pecking order is easy.
The two-time reigning champion Miami Heat lead a pack that also includes, in whatever order you’d like, the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
Stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Paul George, David West, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce make the job a breeze.
Figuring out which teams will occupy those final three spots, however, can start a fierce debate some folks might not be ready to have with the start of the regular season just a few days away. Luckily, none of those timid souls reside here.
We couldn’t wait to get after it on Episode 134 of the Hang Time Podcast, our Eastern Conference Preview featuring our special guest Caron Butler of the Milwaukee Bucks.
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