The hype surrounding the start of the NBA's 2012-13 regular season has reached an impressive level.
From the debut of the new-look Los Angeles Lakers to the title defense of the Miami Heat, this upcoming season is going to be full of excitement and enticing storylines to watch.
While the regular season is still a few weeks away, training camp is under way, and that means it's time to start assessing where every NBA team stands.
Instead of writing on and on about every team, why not sum each up in one 140-character tweet?
(Disclaimer: All tweets in this article are fictional.)
RT @JoshSmith: And so it begins, another season with the @Hawks. How long should it be until I start talking about wanting to be traded? #ContractYear
RT @Garnett: Hey @Rondo, good thing we don't play international basketball, huh? Do you have @RayAllen's number? I think we might need him.
What happens if this whole @CoreFour thing doesn't work out? @Humphries, we'll probably just blame it on your divorce with @KimKardashian
@ChadForde, do you have your 2013 NBA draft rankings done yet? We need to start planning our top-five pick soon. #LotteryBound
It's fun pretending we're going to be OK without @DRose for the beginning of the season. If we don't think about it, he'll come back, right?
Get used to this postgame interview look @Zeller. Once the season gets under way, we'll be just as confused as to what's going on #Overrated
RT @Nowitzki: @Mayo @Nowitzki @Brand @Collison @Kaman @Marion come on, how is that not a superteam? #Undervalued #Underrated
RT @Iguodala: Can't make it to the Eastern Conference final? Easy, just switch conferences. #BestInWest isn't out of the picture
@PistonsFrontOffice, these rebuilding seasons are starting to get really old. Think @CoreyMaggette will actually help? #PipeDreams
Hey @StephCurry, don't get too used to sitting on the sideline. Missing 40 games like last year isn't going to cut it #HealthIssues
@RoyceWhite, so you were actually serious about that whole no flying thing? Hmm, that complicates things a little #LongSeason #GrowingPains
RT @PacersFrontOffice: You're telling us free agency is already over? Whoops, forgot to add depth on the bench #FirstRoundExit
RT @Lakers: Hey Lob City, replacing inefficient players with other inefficient players won't help you contend with us. #SillyClippers
@Nash and @D12, get ready for @BlackMamba's infamous face of disapproval when you miss a shot or don't pass him the ball #WCFinalBound
RT @MikeConley: Hey @NBAWorld, can this year be the year you finally give me the credit I deserve? #Don'tSleeponGrizzlies #ByeByeMayo
RT @DWade: Hey @KingJames, just reading some Shakespeare: To win or not to win 73 games this season? That is the question. #NBAChampions
@MontaEllis or @BrandonJennings: Hmm...I guess the reason for this season is just to figure out who to pursue/sign this offseason.
@BrandonRoy and @AK47, welcome to the Timberwolves. If we don't make the playoffs, it's your fault.
Hey Hornets, welcome to the "preseason is the best time of the year" club—where hopes are high and dreams appear in reach #LotteryBound
RT @Melo: Dear @Knicks, thanks so much for the "help" of @Kidd, @Camby and @Thomas. My NBA Live 98 team will be way better now. #SMH
Should we be worried that our "big" free-agent signing was @Thabeet with career averages of 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game? #StepBack
RT @JameerNelson: Hey @D12, thanks for abandoning us. Have fun living in Shaq's shadow. I'll be in Orlando trying to win one game #LongSeason
Remember that time when we traded our fearless leader, @Iguodala, for @Bynum? Sure hope that works out! #FingersCrossed
@GoranDragic, you've got the "look like Nash" part covered. Now we just need you to play like him. You'll do that, right? #Don'tSleepOnSuns
@NBA, get used to the name @DamianLillard; he's going to be leading the @Blazers to the playoffs in the West for a long time #SurpriseTeam
Can someone explain to our front office why @JohnSalmons hasn't been amnestied? Story of our franchise #AnotherLosingSeason
@WesternConference, you know where to find us come time for the playoffs. Just look at the top of the West. We'll be waiting. #Dominance
Got Aretha Franklin's "Respect" playing in the locker room all day. "All we're asking, is for a little respect." #R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
What do you call a team with too much frontcourt talent for its own good? @UtahJazz #Fantastic Four, @Jefferson @Millsap @Favors @Kanter
RT @JohnWall: This is the time when the NBA world thinks we are a sleeper in the East. Just give us a few weeks, we'll prove you wrong again #2013Lottery