There may be something to these new-look Los Angeles Lakers.
Down Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace, Los Angeles' starting lineup will look vastly different come opening night. And there have never been so many questions as to how far the starting five can carry this team.
After losing two of the most vital components, few expect the Lakers to contend the way they have, or have been supposed to over the years. This convocation is largely considered a stopgap, a means to get the Lakers to the summer of 2014, its treasure trove of free agents and nothing else.
But the Lakers wouldn't be the Lakers if there weren't expectations laced with potential panic mixed into their immediate outlook. People still want to know what this group is capable of and how they plan to succeed.
Or, in some cases, how far they're going to fall.