Though NBA training camp is still more than a month away, some of our favorite stars are already under the microscope more than ever. Last year's lockout-shortened season resulted in disappointing outings for some, while others broke out.
Sure enough, now that a full basketball season is on the horizon and nobody has any more excuses, training camp is going to bring a lot of pressure to a small handful of players.
Take Dwight Howard (pictured), for example. He turned his request to be traded into a long, drawn-out soap opera that featured him having season-ending back surgery (which also, arguably, could have been a way for him to stop playing for a coach he did not like) before he finally kicked and screamed his way off the Orlando Magic and onto the Los Angeles Lakers.
Given how much many teams gave up in order for this trade to happen, not to mention that Howard is now the big man on Lakers campus alongside Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, he needs to have a good season to improve his reputation as well as up his value as he enters free agency next summer.
While Howard does have a lot of pressure on him, the question still remains: Does he face the most pressure as the start date of the new season quickly approaches?