Sports Briefs: Leaving 2013 NBA Camps

(No team is perfect, and while over a month of training camp has helped to address inefficiencies, Joe, Chris, Brad and Ralphie have found something each team still needs to work on, assuming a winning season - and not the first pick in the draft - is the goal . . . Sponsored by 3 Spoons Yogurt)

Joe: The Dallas Mavericks still need to work on feeding Calderon 3-point opportunities if they want to compete for a playoff position.

Chris: The Denver Nuggets still need to work on designing some set plays for JaVale McGee, but not before they teach him how to catch, pass, shoot and dribble the ball.

Brad: The Golden State Warriors still need to work on their defensive skills.

Ralphie: The Houston Rockets still need to work on their defense.

Joe: The Los Angeles Clippers still need to work on welcoming Coach Doc Rivers’ new style of play without losing their winning ways from last year.

Chris: The Los Angeles Lakers still need to work on changing their offense so that Kobe Bryant’s replacement does not also take 37 shots a game.

Brad: The Memphis Grizzlies still need to work on their Greek language skills.

Ralphie: The Minnesota Timberwolves still need to work on making Shabazz Muhammad more well-rounded.

Joe: The New Orleans Pelicans still need to work on a way to make the fans accept a new mascot "PELICAN."

Chris: The Oklahoma City Thunder still need to work on keeping Kendrick Perkins out of their games, whether it be by trading him, releasing him, benching him or telling him the wrong start time to their games.

Brad: The Phoenix Suns still need to work on their elbowing techniques.

Ralphie: The Portland Trail Blazers still need to work on getting a decent starting center.

Joe: The Sacramento Kings still need to work on adapting to former assistant Coach Mike Malone's style of play in first year as head coach.

Chris: The San Antonio Spurs still need to work on blocking out Chris Bosh . . . and closing out on Ray Allen.

Brad: The Utah Jazz still need to work on their dance routines.

Ralphie: The Atlanta Hawks still need to work on making sure every player on the team has a defined role.

Joe: The Boston Celtics still need to work on replacing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett - no small task in order to maintain a .500 record this year.

Chris: The Brooklyn Nets still need to work on ensuring that their starting lineup is covered by expansive health insurance.

Brad: The Charlotte Bobcats still need to work on making sure their investors pay their taxes.

Ralphie: The Chicago Bulls still need to work on getting Joakim Noah healthy and ready to play.

Joe: The Cleveland Cavaliers still need to work on improving a poor defense. Coach Mike Brown is getting a second chance to turn Cleveland around. "A Brown do-over."

Chris: The Detroit Pistons still need to work on reiterating to new assistance coach Rasheed Wallace that it would not be an honor for the league-leader in technical fouls to be an assistant coach.

Brad: The Indiana Pacers still need to work on their rap skills.

Ralphie: The Miami Heat still need to work on making sure Dwyane Wade stays healthy all the way through the post-season and not just the regular season.

Joe: The Milwaukee Bucks still need to work on finding a star in a made-over lineup. They need to find a way to get to .500 this year.

Chris: The New York Knicks still need to work on coercing Amar’e Stoudemire to join Kobe Bryant for his next trip to Germany for an experimental treatment, regardless of how much Stoudemire objects morally to receiving a performance-enhancing procedure that is illegal in the United States.

Brad: The Orlando Magic still need to work on staying positive and winning.

Ralphie: The Philadelphia 76ers still needs to work on rebounding.

Joe: The Toronto Raptors still need to work on improving their bench strength if they plan to improve on fifth in the Atlantic Division.

Chris: The Washington Wizards still need to work on convincing John Wall that it will benefit both him and the team, marketing-wise, to get a Harry Potter lightning bolt tattooed on his forehead.

Try on a new pair of Sports Briefs with the Gab Four every Friday. Find out more about Joe, Chris, Brad and Ralphie, and read their solo columns on their individual pages.

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