The Lakers' season is already being sized for a casket. Should they risk losing Howard for nothing? Or trade him just five months after he arrived? Do you feel another Dwight-mare coming on?
Even at 34, Kobe Bryant's reinvigorated lack of remorse about flexing his power can make him seem like the most fascinating, even dangerous, player in the NBA.
Now is not the time to write an obituary on Phil Jackson's coaching career.
Gregg Popovich has the supposedly too-old Spurs team suddenly gunning for another NBA title yet still remains Mr. Invisible to many.
The Heat have a clear-eyed view of what's at stake, all right. So why can't I shake the feeling the Heat aren't going to establish in these next 10 games what they haven't shown in their first 60?
Mike D'Antoni agreed the Knicks' season is starting to feel like Groundhog Day.
Hey, Knicks: Don't let Carmelo Anthony slip away. Get the deal done now.
The only surprise, in retrospect, is that we didn't see Pat Riley coming this time. Who else could be orchestrating the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh ensemble in Miami?