The NBA season tips off Tuesday, and 2008-09 will be the first season Oklahoma City can call its own. Here are five storylines to get you ready for the year. 1. How will Oklahoma City play off the court? The Washington Post’s and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon called Oklahoma City the Green Bay of the NBA when the Hornets played here for two seasons. But Hall of Famer Charles Barkley called the state a vast wasteland. So now that the NBA is in town for good, how will Oklahoma City be received across the country? Much of the reason city leaders started down this NBA road was to raise the profile and image of Oklahoma City. The Thunder’s 41-game home schedule starts with Wednesday’s season opener. We’ll see if it helps. 2. A Celtics dynasty in Beantown? History could be in the making at the Ford Center Nov. 5. The Celtics won their NBA record 17th championship last season and are the early favorite to represent the East again in the NBA Finals. A repeat would give Boston its fourth dynasty. The Celtics had their first dynasty from the late 1950s through the late 1960s. They also ruled the NBA in the mid-1970s and the early to mid-1980s. The Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are back, and Boston’s only major loss came when forward James Posey defected to New Orleans. Boston led the league in point differential last season, winning by an average of 10.25 points, and was the league’s second best defensive team, yielding 90.25 points per game. That mix will need to return to Boston if the Celtics are serious about repeating. 3. Can superstar Chris Paul become champion Chris Paul? He led his franchise to a 20-game improvement and won Rookie of the Year in his first season in Oklahoma City. But Chris Paul didn’t become an NBA superstar until his Hornets returned to New Orleans for his third season and he had one of the most magical seasons by a point guard in recent memory. Now, entering his fourth season, Paul is trying to go from superstar to champion. Led by Paul, the Hornets took the league by surprise last season, winning a franchiserecord 56 games before losing to San Antonio in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. But New Orleans is the hunted now and has added forward James Posey, a two-time champion, to aid Paul in his championship quest. The Hornets’ core of David West, Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic return as well. Paul leads his Hornets into the Ford Center on Nov. 21 and Feb. 17. 4. LeBron James and the Cavaliers Does LeBron James finally have enough help in Cleveland to win it all? The knock on the Cavs has been their inability to surround James with the talent he needs to win a championship. But Cleveland now has championship expectations after acquiring Mo Williams in a three-team, six-player trade that included Milwaukee and Oklahoma City in August. James and Williams are joined by a talented group of role players in Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Ben Wallace, Daniel Gibson, Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and rookie forwards Darnell Jackson and J.J. Hickson. Cleveland must reach championship status soon because the clock is ticking on the countdown to 2010, when James is eligible for free agency and many are thinking he’s headed for New York. It’ll be worth watching how the Cavs continue catering to James this season and into next year. James and the Cavs make their lone Ford Center appearance on Dec. 21. 5. Kevin Pritchard: Basketball genius? The former Tulsa Edison standout turned Portland Trail Blazers general manager looks to be building something special in the Great Northwest. Pritchard has amassed a heap of young talent and now has the Blazers poised to become the NBA’s next big thing. With Greg Oden set to make his debut Tuesday after missing 2007-08 with a knee injury, the Blazers could be a 50-win team in the Western Conference after last year’s 41-41 finish. Oden will join a roster that includes 2007 Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge Travis Outlaw, Martell Webster and rookie guards Jerryd Bayless, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Fernandez. Oklahoma will get two chances to see what Pritchard has put together. The Blazers come to town Feb. 6 and April 3.