This is the NBA's 65th season. Pre-season starts in October 3. Regular season starts in October 26. All-Star will be in Los Angeles Staples Center (hopefully I can attend) on February 20th, the 60th All Star event by the NBA. Predictions? In the West, the Lakers is still the team to beat, hell they are the tam to beat, period. They just got stronger defensively w/o sacrificing offense. Oklahoma will get deeper in the playoffs and clinch higher than the 8th spot this year. Portland might actually go deep if they stay health, big "if". Nuggets, Suns and Spurs are weaker, CP3 is unhappy in NO. Dallas is right there but how many times will they choke? I'm hoping the Clips can make a stride with a healthy Blake and Vinny Del Negro as the new coach. I can see them clinching the 8th spot, but then again I say that almost every year. For the East, this might be the first time in a very long time that the East just looks so much stronger than the West. Miami Heat, not much can be said that hasn't been said a million times. Boston is old but they got better, no more Wallace but got Shaq. They did get Jermaine O'neal, who managed to stay decently healthy last year. The big 3 is still there along with Doc Rivers. Chicago got Boozer, a big boost to the team. I expect big things if they stay healthy. NY got Amare, I'm still not convince this team will do much but Amare will benefit from D'Antonis system again. They will have a great team in a year or two for sure. The Bucks were my underdog of choice last year, sucks that Bogut got hurt, just when he was hitting his potential. Hope to see this team succeed, but will be tough in a stronger East. Atlanta overpaid for Johnson the way Memphis overpaid for Gay, new coach might get them over the hump. Will be interesting to see. New Jersey and Washington got strong Rookies. NJ got a threat in their bigs and WAS got a big threat in their smalls. Again, something interesting to see to say the least. Magic is meh, they are still good, losing Barnes will hurt but they can just move Pietrus to his spot and give JJ Reddick more PT. They'll be in the thick of things in the race to the Finals. My Finals prediction, Lakers vs. Boston once again. The Heat got a big chance but I haven't seen how the 3 egos will function the whole season. I am also not so sure they can beat a healthy Celtics just yet either. 2010-2011 Champion: Lakers 3peat!