The Hook

Lakers preview: Rebirth of a dynasty

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The Lakers sure had an eventful offseason. But enough about Jordan Hill: let's talk about that new starting lineup!

Spurs preview: One more time?

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The San Antonio Spurs reinvented themselves in 2011-12, and peeled off a 20-game winning streak and the No. 1 seed. Is that sustainable?

The Wizards' strange new traditions

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The Wizards have been bad for a while, but aren't going the route other teams have taken to improve. Instead, there are placing their faith in expensive non All-Stars and Randy Wittman. Good luck.

Four issues Stern and Silver face right now

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David Stern has 15 months left in his tenure as NBA commissioner. The Hook considers what he still has left to do before walking away, and what his successor Adam Silver will face in his first...

The Hornets aren't as bad as you think

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Don't get us wrong: the Hornets are not going to be good. No, no, no, no, no. But New Orleans has some strong pieces right now and won't be completely awful. Woohoo!

The Magic's impure Presti Plan gambit

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Has Orlando bottomed out enough to effectively rebuild from scratch? Here's our team preview.

Grizzlies: the West's last bruisers

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Memphis is rare among Western teams in being defense-first. Is that why everyone appears to be so afraid of them?

Things that could stop the Heat

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The Miami Heat won the 2012 NBA championship, slaying all demons and removing all doubts as to their individual and collective talents in the process. Now they get to try to do it again. Here's...

Rockets preview: What on Earth happened here?

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The Houston Rockets lay somewhere between brilliant experiment in institutional fugue and (way) off Broadway basketball-based performance art. Closer to the performance art, I think.

Instead of trying to win, the Bobcats should ...

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The Charlotte Bobcats have little to no interest in competing this season. It's all a part of the plan. So what should the Bobcats do instead of fighting for wins? Explore the outer limits of what...

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