Heading into the 2011-2012 NBA season, expectations soared for a certain number of teams and individual athletes, and while some have risen to the occasion, others have simply fizzled.
While the league is currently boasting its fair share of pleasant surprises this season, there are a number of parties who have done nothing but disappoint thus far. Particular struggles can be attributed to the extended offseason, yet such excuses will only get you so far.
The manner in which a team or athlete opens the season is arguably almost as important as how they close it. A strong beginning sets the tone for the rest of the year, and right now, there are a plethora of ominous finishes in the making.
Should those who are struggling fail to get their act together soon, this abbreviated season is liable to last a lifetime.