There's a lingering brawl fallout that could ruin the season for the Pacers and Pistons, but come playoff time I expect one (or both) teams in the East finals.
Yes, Cuttino Mobley is with his third team in less than a year. Let's evaluate the trades made by those three teams.
Mature, professional young players like LeBron James and Emeka Okafor help their teams not only on the court but also with the salary cap.
Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, the Rockets' talented tandem, can learn from Shaq's team-first approach with the Heat.
The new Nuggets coach must avoid the blame game and build upon the positives left by Jeff Bzdelik.
Until they return to near full-strength, the Pacers should shoot to win at least 20 games by the end of January.
The upside of losing is that you're able to give minutes to young players. In that regard, the expansion Bobcats are winning.
Losing is a painful hell, but an NBA coach can build for the future while injecting hope into the present.
Jason Kidd will energize the Nets at first, but his trade request could make his return a double-edged sword.
While American basketball has focused on the individual, throughout the world the focus has stayed on the team.
I expect the Pacers to weather the brawl fallout and still make the playoffs.
Coaching in the NBA has become more difficult as coaches have become more expendable.