Kobe already has one MVP title from 2008. (Photo from Chicago Tribune)

NBA Preview: Who will surprise out of the West?

The ripple effects of The Decision II have been felt across the NBA and the stage is set for one of the most uncertain seasons in recent memory. The East has become extraordinarily more competitive with the emergence of the new “Big Three” in Cleveland, a much deeper Chicago squad and a flurry of new teams trying to make their mark. Per the usual, the West is loaded with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, a star-packed Los Angeles squad not named the Lakers and a cluster of good, but not great, teams trying to take the next step. Without Keep reading...

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