I honestly say this has been the most excited i've been about the season starting than in the past few years. I think it has to do with: 1. "Unfinished business" - coming so close to a championship and coming up short was a blessing in disguise, imo. sure it would have been fun to go to Hart Plaza again to celebrate, but having the team come back hungry is too sweet. i was so upset seeing Sheed come into camp fat last season. hearing that he was in Michigan all summer working out and that he's 20 pounds slimmer....*cue evil laugh* 2. "New team outlook" - it's like we've rebuilt a muscle car and now we're ready to take it out for a spin (how's that for a motor-city analogy ). a whole new offense and maybe some tweaked defensive looks. i think this "new" Pistons team just might surprise the NBA.....again. 3. "Darko" - *cue old bit siren*. this is most definitely a make or break season for Darko. we've got a coach who'll give him a shot to prove himself. a clean slate for Darko. even more importantly, he's been playing in real games all summer long. just for a sec imagine if Darko turns into a respectable backup center? maybe 6 pts 4 reb 1 blk? that'd be sick. yes, no where near what a 2nd rounder should be, but for our team that'd be a great contribution. also, a good starting point for Darko to build on.