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Lakers fans are understandably excited about the new season, and the defending champs are a popular choice to repeat among bloggers in the ESPN.com community.
"I've never been more excited for the opening of any season, any sport," blogs kurtnaphansen. "The combination of being on the heels of the Lakers winning the NBA championship, of all the trash talk from Cavs, Celtics, Magic, Spurs and even Blazers fans, and of a very new interesting development with the addition of Sheed to Boston, Shaq to Cleveland and Artest to LA."
Below are fan blogs and predictions about the season, which tipped off this week. Click through to respond. If you don't already have an ESPN profile, create one now and start blogging.
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We'll get back to the actual draft selections in a bit, but frankly, aside from new Timberwolves general manager David Kahn putting Matt Millen and Jon Gruden to shame by stockpiling people who play the same position in a matter of mere minutes, the week's real drama involved players who long since had their moment on the podium with David Stern.
We're talking trades -- and not just mentally talking, as Shaq seems to prefer.
Vince Carter is in Orlando, Richard Jefferson is in San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal is in Cleveland and Thabo Sefolosha is in Oklahoma City. And if you don't think that last one matters, you've obviously never listened to anyone with an Oklahoma accent.
I have a feeling [the Magic] aint bringing back turkoglu now.with the money that howard,carter,and lewis are making,I cant imagine them giving him the kind of money he thought he was going to get last week.” -- nspe33
Get ready, Cleveland. [Shaq] willl be fat and out of shape when camp starts, he'll have to play himself into shape, and he'll be injured the first 1 - 1 1/2 months of the season. Just like every other team he has ever played for! Bank it!” -- THEBOOTGUY
NO. 8: NEW YORK KNICKS
Much as their fans might like them to try, the Knicks can't actually turn in a draft card with LeBron James' name. So while the faithful wait for that saga to play out after next season, the team will have to look for pieces to fit Mike D'Antoni's system. One approach would be the player least like Eddy Curry.
PANIC!!!!!!! HIDE THE BABIES!!!!! SCREAM!!!!! THE T-WOLVES NOW OWN THE 5,6,18 and another pick I think in the 1st round!! If they keep 2 pics in the top 10, then our hopes of landing an impact player at 8 are lost. Walsh must trade Lee and/or Nate for picks amd trade down and get Maynor. Or send Lee and the #8 to TOR or PHO for Bosh or Amare. I'm officially worried now...” -- SeeWhyDee211
NO. 9 TORONTO RAPTORS
The good news for the Raptors is that with the NHL draft set to get underway Friday, they could draft Rafael Araujo again and nobody in town would notice until at least Monday. Check that; Chris Bosh would notice. And at this point, Bosh is the guy the franchise ought to most intent on pleasing.
Raptors should trade down and draft sam young. NBA ready and very underrated. I think he would be a nice compliment for bosh and bargs.” -- randall-mike
NO. 10: MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Chad Ford assured SportsNation chatters there was a method to the seeming madness of trading Richard Jefferson for a Champions Tour defender in Bruce Bowen and some warm bodies, but we'll believe it when we see it. Getting somebody to high five Andrew Bogut on the free throw line would be a start.
Anyone else think its a joke that Thabeet is rated so much higher than Blair? Am i the only one that watched Dejuan Blair physically manhandle Thabeet like he was a whiny little boy. I would rather take Blair any day.” -- DiablosFury2
Chad Ford didn't get to as many questions as normal in Tuesday's chat, but give the guy a break; it's two days before the draft and he's working the phones like a crazed American Idol fan. Plus, he gave chatters something just as valuable as answers -- a scoop! Ford opened with the report that the Spurs and Bucks had agreed in principle on a trade sending Richard Jefferson to San Antonio for essentially salary cap relief.SportsNation's verdict came swiftly on the still unfinalized deal; the Lakers are still the overwhelming favorites in the West (all right, so that part wasn't that exciting).
Why in the world would the Bucks do that?
Bowen, Oberto and Thomas are all in the last year of their contracts. It saves them roughly $3 million this year and $15 million next year. And it gives them some flexibility to sign at least one of their restricted free agents -- either Charlie Villanueva or Ramon Sessions. Full transcript.