Not too many takeaways from the first game except Landry Fields is just as athletic as he looked during the summer league and a raw talent. Tony Douglass has a knack for putting himself in good positions for rebounds (especially for a guard). Amar'e Stoudamire is going to dominate the Eastern Conference teams that don't have Dwight Howard or Chris Bosh in the middle. Wilson Chandler must have been checking out ESPN rumors this morning and saw the report that D'Antoni doesn't want to settle with him in the starting rotation - he played well hitting shots and hustling. Even though he's nearing 40, Shaq can still get the greatest arena in the world to chant his name.
And most importantly, the NBA's rule change which practically makes any interaction in response to a bad call with a referee a technical foul is, as expected, pathetic. What's next? Will college football ban any kind of celebration after a player scores a touchdown? Oh... never mind.