The most wonderful time of the year is here again. Not Christmas, but that other wonderful time of year when football and basketball seasons collide.

Football is in full swing and basketball just tipped off. We know about the football season, but what does the newly started NBA season tell us? These are my top three things we know about the NBA season going forward and three things to watch for.

Things we know

Things to watch for

Things we know

Make no doubt, LAís big three of Nash, Howard and Bryant was built to win now. The writing is on the wall and the Lakers are trying to capitalize. Bryant is in his 17th season and the time is now for him. Unfortunately, the question is how long is it going to take this team to find good chemistry? If you donít think good chemistry is important, ask Lebron James about finding a good mixture that wins.

Things to watch for

Make no mistake; I think this team has all the pieces necessary to win now and if Phil Jackson was on the bench coaching, this team would be the odds on favorite to win it all. Since Jackson isnít there and itís Mike Brown calling the shots, the Lakers are definitely a team to keep a close eye on as the season plays out.

Things we know

Things to watch for

If you ask anyone who has won a championship on any level, it is far easier to win a championship than to defend a championship. Look for how this yearís Heat team handles being the hunted.