Finally, after months of waiting and hand-wringing, the 2011-2012 NBA season is upon us.
Free agency and training camps begin tomorrow and the Boston Celtics, who will kick off the year with a high noon showdown with the New York Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden, are right at the forefront of of the league's rumor mill.
So, given the team's much-discussed pursuit of New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul—as well as all of the other moves it must make just to fill out the roster—the following thoughts come with a disclaimer: Everything is subject to change depending on who does what, who gets traded where and who signs whom.
So, let's approach this exercise under the assumption that the C's main core (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo) are all still wearing green and white come Christmas time. And away we go.