A new NBA season is almost here, and it's shaping up to be as wide-open as ever. Here's everything you need to know before Tuesday's tip-off.
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Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
Who is the better raplete, Shaquille O'Neal or Damian Lillard?
The NBA has told teams that they cannot have scouts at practices involving LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton, a source told ESPN.
The Trail Blazers aren't planning to follow the NBA trend of load management this season, with guard CJ McCollum saying the team can't afford to take nights off in pursuit of the postseason.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard responded to Shaquille O'Neal's rap song with one of his own that suggests the Hall of Fame center rode on the coattails of his teammates throughout his career.
Although the analytics point to a new-look Trail Blazers team finishing at or below .500, star guard Damian Lillard has much higher expectations. "We're coming in, our focus is to win a championship. I think our mentality has to shift to that," he said.
Kevin Pelton ESPN Senior Writer
At media day, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum discussed the reaction to his finishing 13th in ESPN's NBArank for the upcoming season.
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