In Part 3 of their 5-part mini-series leading up to the NBA opening tip-off, Vinny Ginardi, Mike Aurigemma, Michael Cresci, Greg Kaplan and Tom McCarthy get together again to preview the Eastern Conference.
To read Part 1 (Off-season winners), click here.
To read Part 2 (Off-season losers), click here.
Eastern Conference Outlook
VG: Barring an injury to LeBron James, there is just no way that the Heat don’t finish with the best record in the East and cruise to another NBA Finals appearance. James is at his peak right now, and at 27 years old, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the best season by any player ever. With the addition of Ray Allen the Heat are an even more dangerous team. If the playoffs were any indication, Dwayne Wade has finally given into the second-banana role, making the Heat for the first time since The Decision a team with talent and self-identity.
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