Repeat or Bust for Miami Heat

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

It took a season longer than anticipated but the Miami Heat reached the top of the mountain last season winning the NBA Championship and getting the insanely large monkey off LeBron James’ back.  Management didn’t just sit back and rest on their laurels this off-season, making a few minor but key moves to help the Heat’s chances of repeating.

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Outstanding off-season keeps Boston Celtics NBA title contenders

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The goal in recent years for the Boston Celtics was just get to the postseason healthy in hopes of making a playoff run with their veteran core.  This off-season, the Celtics got younger, deeper, and all-around better meaning they will once again be a serious player in the Eastern Conference.

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Brooklyn Nets big spending should mean big turnaround

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

With a move across the Hudson, new arena and logo, and remade roster; the now Brooklyn Nets’ much anticipated makeover is complete.  With all the money they spent this off-season, the team will undoubtedly be one of the most improved teams in the NBA but will it be enough for the franchise to compete for the Eastern Conference title?

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New York Knicks have enough pieces to contend in Eastern Conference

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The resurrection of the New York Knicks hasn’t been an as accelerated a process as management would have hoped.  They invested a ton of money in signing a big three of their own but haven’t been able to get the job done on their own just yet.  That’s why the Knicks added some veteran pieces this off-season that should help them contending in the Eastern Conference.

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Indiana Pacers need better bench play to take next step

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Since the Chicago Bulls are without Derrick Rose, the Indiana Pacers become the new team to beat in the Central Division.  Indy made a major leap last season but do they have enough to reach the next level in the Eastern Conference?

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Philadelphia 76ers season depends on Andrew Bynum’s health

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The Philadelphia 76ers made a major splash in the off-season by trading Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bynum in a four-team deal.  The Sixers are hoping Bynum is able to stay healthy and help put them in contention for the Eastern Conference title.

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Chicago Bulls season hinders on Derrick Rose’s return

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

His Adidas commercial portrays the scene pretty darn accurately as all of Chicago went silent when Derrick Rose clutched his knee in the first game of the Bulls’ opening round playoff series against the 76ers with the worst coming true; a torn ACL.  With Rose’s return questionable for this season, the Bulls must simply survive in hopes that their superstar can get back on the floor before the postseason begins.

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Toronto Raptors should be one of most improved teams in NBA

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The Toronto Raptors added four quality pieces in the off-season and should be one of the most improved teams in the Eastern Conference; certainly possessing enough talent to earn a spot in the playoffs.

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Another NBA season, another mediocre Milwaukee Bucks team

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

With just one winning season in the past eight years, mediocrity is considered success for the Milwaukee Bucks.  Getting to the five hundred mark this season would be a win and might be enough to get the team into the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Rebuilding Atlanta Hawks unlikely to make playoffs

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Having failed to get past the Eastern Conference Semifinals with their previous core, the new Atlanta Hawks front office made the bold decision of entering a rebuilding mode by dealing their star player, Joe Johnson.  As a result, the A-T-L should take a pretty steep drop in the standings as they undergo some transition.

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Orlando Magic will struggle MIGHTILY without Dwight Howard

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Dwight Howard had his wish granted and was freed from the Orlando Magic.  As a result, the Magic become one of the worst teams in the league as their post-Howard makeover will be quite painful.  (By the way, if you are keeping track at home I have the three worst teams in the Eastern Conference coming from the Southeast Division.)

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Washington Wizards: 2012-13 NBA Season Preview

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

The Washington Wizards training camp began with a sour taste as news came out that John Wall suffered a minor setback to his knee injury and could miss the first month of the regular season.  That is not the start that a franchise which has suffered through four straight brutally bad years was hoping to hear as they try to turn the corner and inch towards becoming a playoff contender.

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