Same old story for Clips, Bulls and Blazers

Originally Published: October 27, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
The preseason is supposed to be a time for unbridled enthusiasm. Perhaps, with a new coach, new players, maybe even a new uniform, things are supposed to be better this year.

A season preview, on the other hand, is the time to squash that hope and bring you back to reality.

A number of teams will compete for the playoffs, but your team might not be one of them. There's nothing worse than hearing that the rut your team was in all last season is deeper than ever.

ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher says that it might take a while for Warriors GM Chris Mullin and new head coach Mike Montgomery to turn around the Warriors, who have been in one of the league's bigger ruts for quite some time. Today, Insider looks at five other teams that will struggle mightily to break out of their losing cycle.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer