NBA Preseason 2012: Top Storylines Entering Exhibition Games

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NBA Preseason 2012: Top Storylines Entering Exhibition Games
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

It's been the summer of the Lakers, but—as we all know by now—championships aren't won in July and August.

They aren't won in October either, but this month's preseason schedule will be a crucial first chance to build foundations that will remain strong, well into the postseason.

That's especially true for those Lakers. In addition to welcoming two new future Hall of Fame starters and a handful of new bench players, Los Angeles is integrating new and old faces alike into an offense heavily flavored by Princeton schemes. The man responsible for making it work on the floor is none other than 38-year-old, two-time MVP Steve Nash.

The long-time Lakers foe is now their chemistry coordinator; a leader on the floor every bit as important as Kobe Bryant.

Believe it or not, the Lakers aren't the only storyline heading into preseason competition—sometimes it just feels that way. Here's a look at the most salient underlying narratives coming out of Los Angeles and elsewhere this month.

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