All say this much for the utter blogging futility of Doug Christie — if he continues the regular postings, Alex Benesowitz might only be the 2nd lamest writer working under the MVN umbrella.

As the NBA season moves along, it™s wonderful to watch some of the young budding stars step into their own (Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Chris Paul). Also, your veteran players are stepping up and being leaders (Boston™s big three, Chauncey Billups, Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Manu Ginobili, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant).

There™s some teams playing good team ball as well (Boston, Detroit, Utah, Phoenix and San Antonio), some pleasant surprises (Atlanta keeps playing hard, New Orleans, Golden State is no fluke – fun to watch, and the L.A. Lakers can be as good as anyone). On the other hand some surprises are not so good (New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat with Dwayne Wade injured, Houston Rockets -thought they might be more dominant, but maybe they need more time with new coach, and I thought Dallas might come out like gang buster™s). Good sign for them?

At any rate, it™s interesting to watch as things take shape. Who will be there at all-star weekend? Who will be there at the end? I can™t wait to get out there.

Everybody stay tuned!