Yeah, that is a good point Scott....the West powers really seem to keep their teams together for the most part, just interchanging some of the supporting cast or players usually. Of course, there are always some changes (Wolves adding Cassell/Spree, Lakers adding Malone/Payton, Kings adding Miller, and Spurs adding Nesterovic/Hedo/Horry), but the stars are pretty much always in place, and they build around them.
Also, just saw that news this morning about the Sheed trade. Nice to hear something go down finally, although I'm not sure why Atlanta did that. I can only assume that they would let Sheed and Person walk right away this summer, and have some cap room because of it. Portland should be able to continue to "improve their image" with the additions of these guys though. Plus, Abdur-Rahim is a pretty good player...although most don't know much about him since he has always played on crappy teams.
On one other note, I have to say now that I think I'm "jumping on" the Timberwolves bandwagon. Although it will probably look like I'm just being the fair-weather fan...I don't really mean to be. I haven't had a "team" since the old-days Bulls (and to some extent the Wizards...only because of MJ), and I just can't handle what they have done to that team. I've always been a big KG fan, and the Timberwolves are the closest NBA team to where we live, so I thought I'd go local too. More coverage of them around here than other teams too. I still enjoy watching several other teams as well (Cavs, Nuggets, Kings, Mavericks, Bucks), and I know I can't claim the T-wolves as well as Minnesotans. It is easier for you people actually living in a state that has professional teams, we just have to pick one around here