Another year of pro basketball starts. Here are my random observations/predictions. Scariest lineup: the Suns, with Nash, Marion, Diaw, Stoudamire, Barbosa, Bell, and Kurt Thomas. Even if Stoudamire is only 85%, my guess is that they will have the best regular season record in the league. I'll still go with the Spurs winning the entire thing though. Duncan was hurt and had a subpar year last year, and they were still tough in the playoffs. Miami is just very old. Yao Ming will finally dethrone Shaq as the center for the First All NBA team, and Chris Paul will win take the PG spot. Darko Milicic for most improved player. The Knicks will be better than last year by at least 10 games. Thomas will shock the world! As for my Lakers, I really look forward to seeing Bynum to start getting some playing time. This early month will be difficult as we start the season with various injuries. Still, I would rather we start off poorly than let Kobe's injury not heal for the rest of the season. I would hope the team could improve to 50 wins or so, but that does not seem realistic given the various injuries and Western conference teams that possibly improved, such as the Rockets and Timberwolves. I hope we don't step back from 45 wins.