Five non-LeBron James storylines to follow

It's the Warriors, and then everyone else in the NBA

Brandon Ingram took a big leap in his sophomore campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, almost doubling his scoring and assist average from his rookie season. On paper, this makes the Celtics the best team in the East and a real threat to unseat the Golden State Warriors as National Basketball Association champions.

Since the Lakers have a ton of new players, many aren't expecting them to get off to the best start.

The Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Green, plus added All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins - coming off an injury - on a bargain $5.3 million deal.

You often hear veteran players say when they fall to the ground after getting fouled while going to the rim, they stay on the floor for a little bit to catch their breath and recover.

Is it because the general manager who did not hire you said "to play the Warriors in their own game is a trap", when the general manager who did hire you brought you in with an eye toward mimicking that very style?

The Warriors have endured two-month playoff runs for four years - an extra 83 playoff games amounting to an extra season and less rest than rivals who haven't enjoyed such success.

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Luckily, the Lakers do have the best player in the world in LeBron James, and that can help them win any game on any night.

"We understand that winning a championship is attainable if we take care of our business, and doing it three years in a row is a tremendous opportunity for us that we should go after".

The Warriors are the best team and the Rockets had the best record, but the best player is now in L.A. Pundits will see the benefit in being able to plausibly claim the Warriors will lose to the Rockets or Lakers or Celtics or Raptors, then the Warriors will just go ahead and win the title anyway. "So we've got some young guys we're going to count on".

Portland will aim to get out to a fast start in 2018-19 after racing to the No. 3 seed in the West last season.

James signed a mega four-year contract with the Lakers after calling time on his second spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers and entering free agency. "Been so loyal to us for 40-plus years, whatever it's been since they've been in Oracle". "No matter if it's a Tuesday night at home or a back-to-back in some random East Coast city, you're going to be tested and you can't just sleepwalk through stuff". We've all got the same goal. The rockets in last season's dramatic lost to future champion in seven games, taking the seventh game of "15". "In this game, the most important thing is health".

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