It sounds like a non-story on the surface, except for the fact that Riley decided to be Riley in the offseason and not completely commit to the idea of returning as coach or not return as coach.
This means that for better or for worse, almost the entire squad from last year will be back, give or take an Anderson. Considering they didn't even start playing their best ball last season until round 2 of the playoffs with the switch finally went off, I'm curious to see what this team does now that they HAVE conjealed, after all the talk last year at the start being about how they wouldn't or couldn't.
My brief take on this: Yeah, the West is better *now*, but it seems to me that the youngest teams in the NBA are in the East. So when the Pacers, Bulls, etc. “grow up” a little more and gain more experience, they'll be very difficult to deal with.