It's that time again!
With the 2010-2011 season fast approaching, teams and their fans are gearing up for the 82 game grind that is the physical and emotional roller-coaster known as the regular season.
All franchises and their fans have delusions of glory and grandeur but teams generally fall one of three categories.
First there are the championship teams. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat that have one mission. A championship.
Anything less than raising a banner for these teams is considered a colossal failure.
The second type of teams are the contenders. These teams include the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks among others.
These are the playoff teams. Their players and fans will hope and pray for a championship run but realistically, they aren't yet championship material and have very little hope of knocking off the top teams in their respective conferences.
And finally, there is the third type of team. I'll just call them the "other" teams. These teams are years of drafting and trades away from having a glimmer of hope at winning the Larry O'Brien championship trophy.
Most teams fall into this category. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, and the Golden State Warriors, these are the teams whose fans will celebrate if they manage to even claim winning seasons this year.
Normally the Los Angeles Clippers would belong to the third category of teams.
With the infamously incompetent ownership of Donald Sterling and second rate status in their own city, the Clippers have been down and out for a long time. But not for long.
All of that is about to change. And here are five reasons why.