LeBron James's return to Cleveland generated massive attention and surprised those who never believed he would leave South Beach.
At this same point last season, Otto Porter had his head down. His shoulders often slumped. His smile was forced.
Paul Pierce, who will be 37 when the season starts with the Wizards, already has taken it upon himself to mentor his future replacement Otto Porter.
A year ago, a player of Paul Pierce's caliber would've scoffed at joining the Wizards.
Randy Wittman finally has the comfort of a three-year contract going into this season with a roster retooled with veterans and keeping the core of the Wizards intact.