As good as some NBA teams may look on paper, nothing is ever decided until the leather hits the hardwood.
Even with a Hall-of-Fame roster like the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat appear to have, nothing is guaranteed in the world of sports.
Be it injuries, team chemistry, outside-the-court distractions or just the rigors of a grueling season, for a team to win an NBA championship, a lot of factors have to go their way.
Even for the teams who are likely years away from championship contention, expectations are laid out that can only be achieved with a little bit of luck and a tremendous amount of hard work.
For every NBA team to achieve even some sort of success, these are the critical keys each must meet in the 2012-2013 season.