Despite the expectations of each organization, a lot of NBA teams and their fans are going to get their feelings hurt this season.
Although each draft pick, player trade and free agent signing is a well-meant decision to improve the prospects of winning, the decisions are still nothing but calculated gambles that do not pay off sometimes.
These disappointing but unavoidable misfortunes are what Kurtis Blow calls "The Breaks" in his aptly titled 1980 hit.
Storylines of the current NBA season are already developing, and underneath every feel-good report are a bevy of bad breaks just waiting to get out.
As unpleasant as failure can be, it’s just a natural part of the risk that is competitive sports.
There are going to be some teams that will sorely underperform despite having what looks like a talented roster on paper.
Highly touted rookies are going to fall flat.
That veteran who has been defying Father Time in recent years will finally look his age, much to everyone’s chagrin.
This season will be filled with calamitous missteps that will lead to catastrophic failure for players and teams all over the league.
Predicting these tribulations is no easier than naming the next MVP or crowning this year’s champion, but debating their possibilities is just as intriguing.
Let’s take a look at the storylines that have the most potential for unhappy endings.