Don't write off preseason performance

Preseason wins mean little to NBA elite, but rebuilding teams are a different story

Updated: October 20, 2010, 3:59 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Memphis GrizzliesJoe Murphy/Getty ImagesMany claim the preseason can't predict future success, but the Grizzlies could prove them wrong.

Preseason NBA coverage nearly always comes packaged with a disclaimer: It's just the preseason. The implication being that we can't learn anything from preseason basketball performance because teams treat the exhibitions as a regular-season lay-up line and not real competition. If the players don't treat the games like they mean something, then why should we?

Because they do mean something.

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