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Rick Carlisle

What NBA teams will surprise, disappoint?

Knicks and Pacers

Brian Schmitz

Orlando Sentinel

Look for the Knicks, America's (and Asia's) Team, to be the biggest disappointment.


There's two problems: 1) You play with only one basketball, meaning 'Melo, Amare and J.R. Smith must pry it from Jeremy Lin's hands; 2) Nineteen of the Knicks' remaining 31 games are against clubs who currently are seeded.

The Knicks will face top defensive teams, including three against the Bulls.

More disappointments: No-depth Lakers, Magic after Dwight Howard trade, Michael Jordan as an exec.

The league's biggest surprise: Indiana. Larry Bird took the hard road to...