There has been something missing this summer ever since one of the most exciting, albeit one of the shortest, NBA seasons ended. Sure, it was great to see Team USA dominate the world once again, but isn't it so much sweeter to see those guys going at each other rather than working together?
Thankfully, NBA basketball is back.
With teams in new cities, players on new teams and cities looking to become relevant again in the basketball world, this season is looking primed to meet the expectations that have been building ever since the final buzzer of last year's Finals.
Three games kicked off the action Tuesday night with another nine Wednesday night to start some of that excitement that will play out this year. While these games are a small sample size for this year's 82-game schedule, they left us with a lot to take in going into the rest of this season.
Here are five things we've learned so far.