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Summer Forecast: Which rookie will rise in 2016-17?

Will top overall pick Ben Simmons coast to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, or will another star emerge in 2016-17? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projection.

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Coach K: 'The welcoming for Kevin was fantastic' (1:01)
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Kevin Durant's debut in Oracle Arena was a slam dunk

KD made his Oracle Arena debut as a member of the Warriors while playing for USA Basketball in an Olympic tune-up. The newly-minted Golden Stater is quickly making himself at home.

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Will the Magic's latest reset work?

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go as planned, and now the Magic are hoping their latest plan has them on the rocky road to becoming an Eastern Conference contender.

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Wine therapy with Amar'e Stoudemire (2:36)
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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk (1:47)
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Top dunks from the free throw line (1:24)
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Vote now: How does your NBA team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NBA team stack up? Vote now!

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Why has Team USA basketball been so good so far? (0:56)
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American war hero inspiring USA Basketball (4:24)
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Stoudemire's career full of highlight-reel moments (0:47)
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Russell Westbrook can do it alone (1:25)
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How much is Presti at fault for current state of Thunder? (1:38)
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Jordan not the same person who refused to take a stand in his 20s (1:45)
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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)
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Carmelo: MJ's timing was perfect (0:36)
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Blackistone on Jordan: Why not give BLM money? (1:41)
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How McCollum earned his four-year/$106 million extension (1:29)
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Durant's return to Oracle Arena marked by hindsight (2:08)
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NBA's best poster dunks (1:27)
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USA basketball using practice to build chemistry (1:54)
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How Team USA's turnaround began 10 years ago

Losing to Greece in 2006 was the biggest disappointment of coach Mike Krzyzewski's career. Now Team USA is looking for its 64th straight win in international play.

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USA Basketball: Complete coverage

Some of the NBA's best are headed to Rio in search of a third straight gold medal. As Coach K & Co. take on the world, we're tracking all things Team USA hoops.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford seems to be getting to work with his new Boston Celtics teammates. Second-year guard R.J. Hunter posted a picture to his Instagram account showing the pair alongside teammates Amir Johnson and Jae Crowder. Sweat-drenched Hunter looks to have gone through a fairly rigorous workout.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics mourned the passing of longtime parquet caretaker Rudolph "Spider" Edwards on Wednesday. Edwards, instantly recognizable with his trademark fedora, swept the Garden parquet for 33 years and remained a familiar presence even after hanging up his broom. Edwards did a ceremonial sweep of the Garden parquet last October when the Celtics unveiled only the third parquet in team history. Edwards was beloved by players (Larry Bird, among them), fans, and executives alike. As Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren wrote on Twitter Wednesday, "When I was 4 years old, the only thing I wanted in the whole world was to be Spider for a day. Really."

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NBA sources say Clippers are actively exploring sites for new arena. One area that interests: Westside. Staples Ctr lase runs thru 2024.

KD's teaser at Oracle Arena

Kevin Durant explains what it was like to play with Team USA in front of Oracle fans for the first time since signing with the Warriors: "I'm looking forward to the season."

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KD's debut in Oracle Arena was a slam dunk

It wasn't Kevin Durant's first time at Oracle, but it was his first time there since signing with the Warriors -- and he made himself right at home. 'I got jitters'

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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk

In honor of Amar'e Stoudemire announcing his retirement from the NBA, SportsCenter takes a look back at the top five dunks of his career, including a monster jam over Anthony Tolliver.

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How will the West play out in 2016-17?

Will the Warriors' superteam roll to another 70-plus wins? How will the Spurs fare after Tim Duncan's retirement? Our expert panel makes its projections for the NBA's Western Conference in 2016-17. Summer Forecast

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Is Amar'e Stoudemire a Hall of Famer?

Amar'e Stoudemire put up great numbers for the Suns, but he could be remembered for his disappointing seasons with the Knicks. What are his Hall of Fame chances? Yes or no? (Insider)

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