by Matt Domino / @PuddlesofMyself
As the NBA kicked off the ‘11-12 season on Christmas Day and I saw all the familiar faces flash across my screen, what made me the most happy was thinking that seeing the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Mavericks, Thunder, Magic and Clippers was just scratching the surface of how many great teams there will be to watch this year.
Those nine teams are arguably the most marketable and star-studded teams in the League, but there are plenty of others. Are you not excited to see the crazy mix of talent David Kahn has collected in Minnesota? Don’t you want to see if Randolph and Gasol can continue the magic in Memphis now that Rudy Gay is back from injury? Do the Spurs have one more “one last shot” in them?
Another team you need to watch this year is the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have quietly made some of the best moves of the offseason and now find themselves with a frighteningly deep team with a young coach who is prepared to think outside the bo...