OKLAHOMA CITY, December 23, 2012 —The Eastern Conference has the reigning champs, the Miami Heats. What will the other teams ask Santa for this Christmas?
Boston Celtics: Younger legs.
The Celtics looked like contenders before the season, but haven’t quite hit their stride. Age might be finally catching up with them.
Brooklyn Nets: To become New York’s team.
The Nets were poised to steal some thunder from the Knicks. New town, new uniforms, new stars, new arena. But the Knicks came out red hot taking back any momentum the Nets could have had.
New York Knicks: For Amere to come off the bench.
Something’s working in MSG. The Knicks are playing off the charts, but the worry is that when Amare gets back he will need the ball in his hands too much. If he comes off the bench, it will only strengthen the second unit. Will he accept that?
Philadelphia 76ers: For the NHL to end the lockout.
The Phillies season is over, the Eagles are terrible and the Flyers aren’t playing. The Sixers have not built on their momentum from last year and need the NHL to get back on the ice to divert some of the fan base.
Toronto Raptors: Ummm.
At this point the Raptors need anything that will make them relevant. At least they will have a high draft pick. Oh that’s right, they traded it. Never mind.
Chicago Bulls: D Rose to get back soon.
The Bulls have stayed strong with great defense, and Noah is playing off the charts. As soon as MVP can come back from his ACL tear they hope to be contenders again.
Cleveland Cavaliers: An offer they can’t refuse for Varejao.
Anderson is on the block. He’s a great piece, but the Cavs are going nowhere. They need a great offer to build around Irving.
Detroit Pistons: A little bit of everything.
Detroit started off really slow but has improved. This team is going nowhere.
Indiana Pacers: To get back into the playoffs.
Every team wants to be in the playoffs, but this is where Indiana shone last year and exposed the Heat. They are one of the few teams that can go big and counter the Heat personnel. If they can get back with another year of experience they might pull the upset.
Milwaukee Bucks: A new mascot.
The uniforms look like a Christmas tree and nobody is going to “Fear the Deer” anymore. This has nothing to do with on-court, but let’s do a little rebranding and sell some merchandise.
Atlanta Hawks: To have people actually come to games.
Atlanta isn’t the best sports town, but this team has consistently made the playoffs and they don’t sell out postseason games.
Charlotte Bobcats: To change their name back to the Hornets.
There is talk of going back to the old mascot. Hornet merchandise sells well in the Charlotte area, and this team needs all of the identity it can get.
Miami Heat: For another championship.
This team has everything (except a big man), so anything less than another ring won’t do.
Orlando Magic: For a franchise player.
Dwight Howard is gone and the Magic need someone to build around. It will probably have to come from the draft.
Washington Wizards: John Wall’s knee to magically heal.
The Wiz are terrible and they need their point guard back at full strength ASAP.
(For Western Conference’s wish list for Santa, click here)
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