Pau Gasol eyes an early return, Myles Brand could help U.S. basketball, and Joe Dumars reveals the Pistons' flaw.
One of the dilemmas Jerry Sloan faces with his newfound depth is working Matt Harpring back into the starting lineup.
The Western Conference fell back to Earth this summer. The Spurs, Rockets and Wolves hope to pick it up.
Al Harrington and Samuel Dalembert top our list of potential breakout players for the 2004-05 season.