Might be a good idea for some people to proclaim stuff.
My bold prediction for the east: The Knicks will not be in the top 5 in the east, I think they still make the playoffs but barely. The Melo free-agency drama will affect them, and Artest isn't a good fit for them. I don't know who goes above them, thinking Cleveland and Detroit maybe.
Bold prediction for the west: The Clippers are basically identical to last season, a mid playoff team that exits in the first round. I think the Celtics players made Doc out to be a better coach than he really is, and I still don't believe in Griffin and Jordan as your 4 and 5, got to have better foul shooters, at least Jordan anyway is abysmal.