The NBA preseason is in full swing, which means expectations for the regular season are taking shape. Some teams are looking as though they'll surprise the fans with dream seasons, while others are looking like science experiments gone wrong.
Yes, these games are meaningless and won't have any bearing on how a team fares in the standings, but they are still important.
Preseason contests are an opportunity for coaches to adjust their team's on-court chemistry and determine what does and does not work. That way, once the regular season starts and the games begin counting, they'll have the best formula for success.
To name one team that's shocked fans this preseason, the Los Angeles Lakers and their new-look lineup have been completely disappointing.
With Dwight Howard still rehabbing a back injury, the team has lost all of its games by wide margins, which can't be what GM Mitch Kupchak had in mind when he acquired both Howard and point man Steve Nash. Needless to say, the preseason in L.A. has been anything but pleasing.
That being said, as the preseason nears its halfway point, perhaps each NBA team should get a visit from team ownership and receive some sort of performance evaluation. In doing this, the wrinkles may be ironed out before the season begins, and thus a disaster may be avoided.