LeBron James' first year with the Los Angeles Lakers will dominate the NBA agenda in the 2018-19 season.
The 33-year-old superstar left the Cleveland Cavaliers to start a new chapter of his storied career with the Lakers, who also added Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Michael Beasley to their roster.
But there are multiple other narratives outside of Los Angeles that are worth keeping up with.
Here are five NBA storylines to follow in the months ahead:
1. How will the Rockets fit together?
Houston finished last season one win short of the NBA Finals.
But the Rockets went through a major roster overhaul in the offseason as they lost forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency. Houston also traded Ryan Anderson to the Phoenix Suns for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.
Houston's biggest addition, however, was bringing in 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. How will all the new pieces fit together? We'll find out.
2. Are the Celtics the real deal?
Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving will return healthy this season, giving Boston one of the deepest rotations in the NBA. On paper, this makes the Celtics the best team in the East and a real threat to unseat the Golden State Warriors as NBA champions.
While the Eastern Conference is wide open, Boston will still have to navigate past the reloaded Toronto Raptors and the young Philadelphia 76ers to earn top spot.
3. How much will the Raptors improve?
Toronto added more star power and a new coach to a team that won 59 games a season ago.
The Raptors fired coach Dwane Casey and replaced him with former assistant Nick Nurse. They then acquired disgruntled star Kawhi Leonard - as well as Danny Green - from the San Antonio Spurs for a package centered around DeMar DeRozan.
Leonard and point guard Kyle Lowry should be one of the top scoring duos in the league. But how much will the Raptors' offseason moves affect their results? Toronto has tallied 48 or more wins and reached the playoffs in five straight seasons, yet the franchise is still looking for its first NBA Finals appearance.
4. Which rookies will make an impact?
The 2018 rookie class is loaded with talent. Top pick Deandre Ayton, Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and Kings forward Marvin Bagley III could become key pieces for their teams. Multiple other players have the potential to become All-Stars for years to come, too.
Some first-year players will undoubtedly struggle while others have a chance to elevate their teams into playoff contention. It will be interesting to see who ends up as a star and who turns into a bust.
5. Will the Nuggets make it back to the playoffs?
The Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs by one game last season.
Denver went 46-36 in 2018-19 and finished just behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighth seed in a stacked Western Conference.
The Nuggets are without a postseason appearance since 2012-13. However, they will have a chance to change that this year behind developing star Nikola Jokic and a fully healthy Paul Millsap.
18 de noviembre 2018
|Rogic, Kruse to miss Socceroos´ Lebanon friendly|
|Joerger has Kings´ ´full support´, says GM Divac|
|England seal series win over Sri Lanka|
|Butler´s heroics spoil Walker´s 60-point game as 76ers beat Hornets|
|He´s an honest guy – Djokovic defends Zverev after Finals controversy|
|Bonucci boos a ´mistake´ by fans, says Mancini|
|Ronaldo still part of Portugal squad – Santos|
|Santos satisfied as Portugal reach Nations League Finals|
|Howell holds onto RSM Classic lead|
|McLeish optimistic as Scotland zero in on Nations League promotion|
|Luis Enrique rejects criticism of Spain star De Gea|
|Schmidt dismisses Hansen´s Ireland World Cup favourites claim as ´banter´|
|There are always imbeciles – Bonucci hits back at fans after frosty San Siro reception|
17 de noviembre 2018
|Portugal draw ´a step forward´ despite poor finishing – Mancini|
|Ireland were just too good - Read|
|Thomas at the double as France end losing streak|
|Albania 0 Scotland 4: Forrest double sets up promotion showdown|
|Italy 0 Portugal 0: European champions outplayed but secure Finals spot|
|Sensational Djokovic marches into final|
|Stander lauds Ireland´s ´unreal´ defence as All Blacks are thwarted|
|Dazzling Ireland claim historic All Blacks scalp in Dublin|
|Federer unimpressed with Zverev boos|
|Let´s get it on! Cheika relishing England clash|
|Croatia coach Dalic to speak with Lovren over Ramos remarks|
|Xhaka puts improved form down to ´freak´ Emery|
|De Gea not lacking confidence, says Spain´s Saul|
|Jordan goalkeeper scores from own penalty area in friendly against India|
|Pollard leads Springboks to Murrayfield victory|
|Fired-up Japan taught England a great lesson - Jones|
|Sarries leave it late to down Sale, Bath and Saints win|
|O´Shea fumes at disallowed Italy try|
|Southgate welcomes England selection quandary|
|Reaching Rooney´s England goals record ´definitely possible´ – Kane|
|Debut try for Cokanasiga as England rally to avoid Japan upset|
|Wembley will galvanise ´tired´ Croatia, insists Dalic|
|Zverev apologises for tie-break controversy amid O2 Arena heckles|
|Marquez happy with fifth after damaging shoulder in Valencia|
|Wales crush Tonga in Cardiff|
|Germany should keep faith in old guard - Bierhoff|
|Injured Lukaku to miss Belgium´s Nations League decider|
|Zverev knocks out Federer to reach maiden ATP Finals showpiece|
|Koroibete double maintains Australia´s 100 per cent record against Italy|
|Juventus´ Khedira sprains ankle in training|
|Van Dijk: Ramos is not my type of defender|
|Vinales grabs Valencia pole as Marquez crashes|
|I don´t deserve Ballon d´Or, Mbappe does – Hazard|
|Reed and Willett share lead in Dubai|
|Romagnoli joins long AC Milan injury list|
|Williamson steadies Black Caps after Boult heroics|
|Griezmann targets swift French response against Uruguay|
|Havertz´s future lies with Bayer Leverkusen – sporting director Boldt|
|Socceroos boss Arnold excited for future|
|South Africa triumph on Gold Coast in truncated T20 clash|
|Germany without Draxler for Netherlands game|
|Barcelona confirm Rakitic hamstring injury|
|Rain halts England´s post-tea flourish|
|Australia 1 South Korea 1: Luongo seals late draw for Socceroos|
|Irving thrives on ´peace´ of being in the zone|
|Lloris admits France could have lost by more|
|Dybala impressed by Argentina´s improved spirit|
|Arsenal chief confirms Super League talks|
|Hooker knocks out Saucedo to retain WBO strap|
|NBA wrap: Kyrie Irving sizzles as Celtics beat Raptors in overtime|
|Jimmy Butler aims dig at Timberwolves following 76ers home debut|
|Koeman surprised by dominant Netherlands|
|Southgate rallies England ahead of Nations League decider|
|Chile 2 Costa Rica 3: Waston brace sinks La Roja|
|Tite inspired by Guardiola´s City|
|Argentina 2 Mexico 0: Funes Mori´s header helps to sink El Tri|
|Lovren ready for ´fiery´ England clash|