Trouble in LA, Cleveland, and Orlando

By Andy Rockwell

I know that it's very early in the season, but it's never too early to begin an exciting conversation that can get basketball lovers going back and forth for hours. It's a simple question, but the answer is never so easy. Who is the best team in the NBA this season?

Sure, a lot can change over the course of the season and it probably will. Still, I have some strong opinions about the state of the league right now and some of the teams that many predicted would dominate.

Some of the newer players on the best teams simply don't seem like good fits, in my opinion. In the same way that Allen Iverson was bad for the Pistons, I think that these guys will unfortunately have negative impacts on their new teams.

In the case of Ron Artest with the Lakers, I'm not quite sure if he'll be good for the team. While he's obviously an exceptional player, I think that he still has attitude and maturity issues to deal with.

I don't believe that Ron Artest wins his team games. He's a dramatic distraction to a team that had incredible chemistry.

As far as the Cavs go, Shaq is a different situation than the chemistry issues that Ron Artest may pose. His teammates will most likely love him. As far as the impact he has on the team goes, however, I'm not so sure that it's a good one. He's big and slow, and I think he's mixing things up too much.

With the Magic, I'm just not a fan of Vince Carter. I loved him during the earlier part of the decade, but I think that his best days were behind him and I do think that Hedo Turkoglu was a better fit for the team.

This leaves me with the Boston Celtics. Rasheed Wallace was a winner in Detroit, and will be the same in Boston. Therein lies the strongest team in the NBA, in my opinion. - 31494

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