With the NBA tipping off in just four days' time and many teams wrapping up their abbreviated preseason schedules, now is the time to look at what these games have told us to expect from the 66 frantic games ahead.
The Chicago Bulls ended last season as the holders of the best record in the league, winning 62 before being eliminated in the Eastern conference finals.
The Bulls, like all 29 other teams, played just two preseason games this year. Both were against the Indiana Pacers, whom the Bulls defeated in the opening round of last year's playoffs.
With so little time to cram games into, will Carlos Boozer prove himself to the Chicago natives? Is Rip Hamilton the missing piece? When will we catch a glimpse of the man, the myth, the legend that is Brian Scalabrine?