Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/14/11
Usually NBA season previews are best read in October, back when football games hardly mattered, Midnight Madness was a few weeks away, and baseball was winding down. Perhaps with the last of the offseason's iced tea in hand, as you whiled away on a too-warm-for-the-season afternoon. Well, pour yourself a glass of bull shot and tighten those mittens, because it's mid-December and the NBA decided to have a season this year. As such, the exegetes at Ball Don't Lie are previewing the 2011-12 campaign in a mad rush, as if you or we would have it any other way. So put down the shovel long enough to listen to Kelly Dwyer, Dan Devine and Eric Freeman as they break down each of the NBA's 29 teams, plus Toronto. This time? It's the Portland Trail Blazers Kelly Dwyer's Reasons to be Cheerful The news that the Portland Trail Blazers are looking to dump the highly-compensated Gerald Wallace in return for several draft picks highlights what we just can't get past as we attempt to be cheerful: Portland
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