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NBA season preview, Part I

Before he picks the next NBA champ, Bill Simmons has 33 reasons you should be intrigued by the upcoming season.

Updated: November 6, 2006, 9:28 AM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

NBA Preview: Part II

At the Nuggets-Clippers preseason game on Friday night, there was a level of serenity that I hadn't remembered. Both teams were just playing ball. So I'm watching and watching and thinking to myself, "All right, what's different about this game?"

Then I figured it out: Thanks to the new "Rasheed Wallace" rule, players weren't bitching and moaning after every foul call.

By coming up with this wrinkle, was David Stern hoping to divert ...

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