Biggest Threat to Every NBA Title Contender in 2012-13 Season

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Biggest Threat to Every NBA Title Contender in 2012-13 Season
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LeBron James has his precious, but will his Miami Heat capture another this spring?

Congratulations to the New York Knicks, the Golden State Warriors, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Milwaukee Bucks! You're all leading you're respective divisions when few (if any) thought you would.

Enjoy it while it lasts, though, because that's about as close to NBA title contention as you are likely to come this season.

In the meantime, it's too early to remove any of the five preseason hopefuls—the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs—from the equation. Some have looked great and some haven't, but all boast the requisite talent and experience to scrap their way through the race until the bitter end.

Not that there isn't room for concern regarding the initial returns. There's still a ton of basketball to be played between now and the day that the Larry O'Brien Trophy is hoisted in June.

And even more work for the five aforementioned contenders to get done therein.

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