The 2012-2013 NBA season is fast approaching and, naturally, people are speculating about which team will walk away with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. As much as I would love my beloved New York Knicks to be the last team standing, I know just as much as the next NBA fan that basketball is a funny game and that there are zero guarantees, even if the Knicks go out and win 72 games. As great as their and any other team's chances may seem this coming season, nothing can be set in stone until the NBA Finals are over and one of the two teams left is celebrating.
For the upcoming campaign, there is still a lot of excitement surrounding the Oklahoma City Thunder, who roared into the NBA Finals last year and were defeated by the red-hot Miami Heat in five games. The team is more than capable of getting that far again in 2013, but will the team's core be tired from playing in the Olympics and not getting as long a rest as some other players/teams? Most likely not, but it's still a legitimate concern for team management to have.
In fact, each team's front office should be concerned about their title hopes going into next season, and here's why.