Above, you see four different color shots of the same picture. Each one represents how I feel certain teams have done this offseason. Read on.
The picture in the top left is thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers. We all know that LeBron James is King. That much is certain. But, they needed to build around the King. So, they made a bold Shaquisition and brought in the Big Aristotle. The big guy looks to be in pretty good shape; and he'll be focused. Teams will have their eyes on Shaq this year; playing the enforcer to LBJ. But, they didn't stop there....acquiring Jamario Moon, Anthony Parker, Darnell Jackson and (it pains me to say this) Leon Powe. Very, very solid role players. They have the role players. They have the superstar(s?). If they piece it together, a championship might be in their future. Great offseason for the Cavs.
The top right picture is thinking about the Boston Celtics. My Celtics are having a stellar, if not incredibly active, offseason. Of course, they brought in Rasheed Wallace. This is a huge pickup for Beantown, and he will bring scoring, length, intensity and great minutes. What else can you ask for? New city, new team, new 'do. Rasheed is going to be the catalyst in terms of leadership this season. A new fire. As for other acquisitions....Shelden Williams. Ehhh. Re-signed GBBD. That was a good move, if you ask me. And, Marquis Daniels. We're still trying to figure out how he's going to get here, but he's getting here. Good scoring if he stays near the basket and doesn't shoot. Hopefully we won't have to give up Walker. And, with all this, we have to ask the question: Are the Boston Celtics the ugliest team in the NBA?
The picture in the bottom left is wondering and is very puzzled about the Washington Wizards. If you ask me for my opinion, I have no idea what the Wizards are going to look like this year. But think about it....a healthy Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Randy Foye, Mike Miller. With Fabricio Oberto and DeShawn Stevenson as main guys off the bench. Yeah, the big men are a bit thin, but JaVale Mcgee is developing quickly and maybe Haywood is up for it this year. But the X-factor is obviously Gilbert Arenas. We've heard countless rumors this summer that Agent Zero is back and better than ever this year. 30 point averages like earlier? We hope so. We'll all see for this one.
The last picture/face/color is wondering about the Orlando Magic. Yes, they lost Hedo Turkoglu, who was insanely clutch and a huge player for them last year down the stretch. Yes, they lost Courtney Lee, who proved to be a great asset as a rookie off the bench and in the starting rotation. Those were big losses. So, it's all on Vince Carter now. But, my question is: Did the Magic improve this offseason? Now, the whole league will be going after them night in and night out, something they're not used to. But I'll save the predictions for my season prediction (coming later). But, they just got White Chocolate, so what the hell, give 'em the Larry O'Brien now.
There it is. Four takes on different Eastern Conference teams. Western Conference keys coming later.