2018-19 NBA season preview

LeBron James is really a Laker, Golden State is a dynasty and the Eastern Conference is once again up for grabs. A look at how the 2018-19 season will unfold around the NBA.

LeBron James shrinks generation gap as he yearns to become patient leader for his younger Lakers teammates

New Laker LeBron James appreciates his ability to relate to younger teammates but he also wants to be a serious team leader.

Warriors have new obstacles in trying to win another title, but they embrace the challenge

NBA season preview; Can anybody stop the Golden State juggernaut? It's a challenge that coach Steve Kerr and All-Star guard Stephen Curry understand and are not afraid to discuss.

Western Conference preview: Rockets, Chris Paul let last season's disappointment fuel new run

No one in Houston is trying to erase last season’s pain of losing to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, especially Chris Paul, who missed the final two games of the series. If anything, they’ve embraced it. Billboards around town feature the phrase “Run it Back.”

NBA preview: A look at how the Western Conference teams match up

NBA preview: A look at how the Western Conference teams match up.

Eastern Conference preview: Raptors reboot with Kawhi Leonard, new coach and plenty of pressure

The Toronto Raptors traded for a mysterious superstar coming off a more mysterious injury-plagued season and fired their most successful coach. At stake? A season that will ultimately determine whether Toronto continues contending at the top of the Eastern Conference or detonates and starts over.

NBA preview: A look at how the Eastern Conference teams match up

NBA preview: A look at how the Eastern Conference teams match up

For the Lakers, it's not about future, it's about the here and now

Lakers season preview: The Lakers still have young players to develop around the game's biggest star in LeBron James. But they also have veterans who can be reasonably saddled with expectations. This season's team expects to be in the playoffs.

The 5 biggest questions for the Lakers entering the 2018-19 season

Five questions for the Lakers entering the 2018-19 season include how their young core will mesh with LeBron James, the future of coach Luke Walton and how they will handle the center position.

Patrick Beverley and the Clippers are ready to scrap for 82 games, and maybe the playoffs

The Clippers exist for the time being in the uneasy limbo between the NBA’s contenders and rebuilders, but if hard-nosed veteran Patrick Beverley and his teammates have their way and keep their health, they'll scrap for every win this season.

Danilo Gallinari looks to take the next step in his development as a star for the Clippers

A career 36% three-point shooter who, at 6-foot-10, has the length to guard multiple positions, Danilo Gallinari is tailor-made for the modern NBA. Injuries, though, have derailed the Italian forward from reaching his full potential, a problem he'd like to shake this season.

The 5 biggest questions for the Clippers entering the 2018-19 season

The big questions surrounding the Clippers this season regard the team's health — they used a league-high 37 starting lineups last season, how fast they start against tough competition early and if they can find scorers to close games.

NBA preview: The 5 biggest questions for the 2018-19 season

Here are the big questions in the NBA heading into the season: What does LeBron James mean to the Lakers? Who will fill the void in the East? Can anyone topple the Warriors' reign? What about 2019 free agency?

NBA preview: Rapid-fire predictions

Making some rapid-fire predictions as to what will happen this season in the NBA.

NBA rules changes: What to expect for the 2018-19 season

Adjusting to the rule changes the NBA has implemented for the 2018-19 season — from the clock resetting to 14 seconds to updating clear-path fouls — was challenging for players and coaches during preseason games.

NBA preview: Key dates for the 2018-19 season

Key dates for the 2018-19 season