LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Miami Heat: 10 NBA Teams on Hot Seat for 2011-2012 Season

The NBA lockout is threatening next season's livelihood, and thus preventing certain teams, like the Los Angeles Lakers, from attempting to climb out of the hot seat they are currently sitting in.

Every team has questions that are plaguing the organization, but there are some who are under a larger microscope than others.Teams like the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Maverics, are organizations that will not be put under as much scrutiny heading into next season.

Chicago exceeded expectations and then some this past season, and while they are still searching for a way to reach the next level, it's clear they are moving in the right direction.

Dallas, against all odds, won an NBA title this year, and unlike the Lakers, not many people expect them to make a run at a repeat next season. This is not to say they have no chance, but it puts the Mavericks in a position where they are not backed into a corner.

It is teams like he Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat who are situated in the hot seat as we look toward next season. These are the teams with the most to prove, the most to gain and the most to lose.

And with this in mind, here's a look at 10 teams who are sweating it out in the hot seats as we look ahead to next season.

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