Los Angeles: The much-anticipated NBA season is in our midst and in the short build up to a rushed season many faces have switched teams including those on the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks.
"I think our goal cannot be to be the best team right now," Germany's Dirk Nowitzki said. "Our goal is to get better and also better game to game. Hopefully by April, May and June we can be back to where we were last year."
After almost having to cancel the season, the league and players union agreed on a last-minute collective-bargaining deal which resulted in an abbreviated 66-game schedule, beginning Christmas Day.