Countdown to tipoff in the NBA
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Can the Detroit Pistons, with a beefed-up front office, rejuvenate the club’s fan base andfind business success in the Motor City’s ravaged economy?
How will the Atlanta Hawks maintain the momentum from a franchise-best record under new ownership?
Can the Milwaukee Bucks put the final pieces together on a new arena and build statewide support for the team?
How do the Toronto Raptors sustain a run of business success and maintain the spotlight in a hockey-dominated market?
Will this be the season that fans of the Philadelphia 76ers finally begin to see the fruit of a painful rebuild?
As the new season unfolds, many of these questions will be answered and these five franchises will find out if their optimism was justified. In this section’s stories, see the moves they’re making.