Dirk Nowitzki is riding the bench thanks to a sore knee, and who knows what Delonte West will be riding after his latest outburst? Meanwhile, teams like the Golden State Warriors are having better luck than the club they famously upset in that 2007 first-round series as two of their key pieces return to health.
Ah, the circle of life—or of NBA life, anyway.
That circle may be best epitomized by a role reversal for two players traded for one another prior to the 2011-12 season. The Orlando Magic's Glen Davis struggled in his first year with the team, ultimately settling into a sixth-man role in which he was only marginally effective. Brandon Bass, meanwhile, won a starting job with the Boston Celtics and played a key role in the team's deep postseason run.
Already, the tables appear to be turning this season. Bass could be headed to the bench, and Davis is poised to take on a far more prominent role in Dwight Howard's absence.
No, the preseason isn't just about news. There's plenty of irony to go along with it.
We're keeping track of the news and irony alike. Here's the latest rundown of everything happening in training camps and preseason contests around the league.