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Kobe returns, scores 5 in brief preseason outing

Kobe Bryant finished with 5 points on 1-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes of the Lakers' preseason opener, his first game since tearing the rotator cuff in his right shoulder in January.

Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
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2hMichael Wallace

Bosh: 'I've only gained' in comeback from clots

Chris Bosh made his first three shots, scored a team-high 14 points and delivered a between-the-legs bounce pass to Dwyane Wade for a score in his return from blood clots in his lung.

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1dBaxter Holmes

Mentoring Mamba shares what he knows

While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and a fledgling trio the Lakers hope will be their future core, he aims to bridge the gap.

Celebrating D-Rose's birthday with slam dunks (0:44)
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#NBArank Nos. 121-130

The #NBArank countdown continues as we dive into the league's top 130. Which players join Manu Ginobili and Emmanuel Mudiay on today's list?

Face to Face with Isiah Thomas (9:20)
J.R. Smith is back at it...sort of (1:05)
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LeBron eyes healthy choices in season ahead

As he enters his 13th season with his 31st birthday coming up in December, James isn't going into the season expecting to miss games to avoid injury.

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Scouting every player in the Southwest Division

Our NBA Insider crew is analyzing all 30 rosters heading into 2015-16. Today, Kevin Pelton breaks down the Southwest and what to expect from LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden and Anthony Davis.

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3dNick Friedell

Players warming up quickly to Fred Hoiberg

While Bulls players respected former coach Tom Thibodeau, the early returns suggest few are shedding tears that he is gone.

Nets owner can ball (1:13)
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3dDave McMenamin

Anderson Varejao stepping lively in return

After missing most of last season recovering from a torn an Achilles tendon, the veteran Cavs big man has hit the ground running during training camp.

Kidd: The future is bright for Parker (1:13)
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Watkins: Can James Harden do even more?

From his new $200 million sneaker deal to his celebrity profile, everything is getting bigger for James Harden. What the Rockets are expecting from their star is no different, Calvin Watkins writes.

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Conn: Poppo's Boys

A look back at the beginning of Gregg Popovich's career -- as head coach of the then-hapless Division III Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens.

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Strauss: The Warriors vs. the disease of more

They are more famous and more heralded thanks to winning a title, but the Warriors retain the capacity to be great in a world that finally notices, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.

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5dBen Fawkes

Chalk: 2015-16 NBA season win totals

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released its 2015-16 NBA season win totals, along with updated title odds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites at 2-1.


LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run and we have that right now."


Bosh's between-the-legs assist to Wade

In his first action since missing the latter part of last season because of blood clots, Chris Bosh sends a nifty pass to set up a Dwyane Wade layup.


Nothing but the top of the backboard

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth, hitting the top of the backboard. His second, the bottom of the net.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Final from Lakers' preseason opener here in Hawaii: Jazz 90, Lakers 71. Kobe Bryant scores 5 points on 1-5 shooting in 12 minutes, his first action in nearly nine months.

Bosh makes long-awaited return

Chris Bosh made his first three shots, scored a team-high 14 points and delivered a between-the-legs bounce pass to Dwyane Wade for a score in his return from blood clots in his lung. 'I've only gained'

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting five vs Jazz, according to coach Byron Scott: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert.

Celebrating with D-Rose's Soaring Slams

In honor of the Bulls point guard's 27th birthday, take a look back at some of the most eye-popping dunks of his career.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Iguodala and several of the Golden State Warriors are here.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson is on the field before Packers-49ers.

LeBron: Thompson situation a distraction

James on Tristan Thompson's contract standoff with the Cavs: "The last thing you need is a distraction when you're trying to make a championship run and we have that." Thompson is currently holding out.

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Thomas: 'I can't own up to things I didn't do'

New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas continues to deny wrongdoing in a 2007 sexual harassment case. Thomas tells ESPN's Hannah Storm in a SportsCenter interview that the allegations "just didn't happen," contradicting the verdict of a jury in a civil suit. Story

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Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates shoulder

Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the team's preseason game against the magic Saturday. X-rays were negative, but he has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat.

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Kobe Bryant: 'I'm definitely playing'

Lakers coach Byron Scott said earlier this week that he wasn't sure if Kobe Bryant would play in the team's preseason opener, but the superstar has other ideas. "I feel great," Bryant said. "It's just getting the sea legs under me. Getting up and down. ... I'm feeling in great shape. I feel strong, feel healthy."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers' last scheduled two-a-day of practice during training camp. Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) and Larry Nance Jr (back spasms) sidelined today and Nance is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Utah, the Lakers say. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are practicing today.

Davis dealing with ankle issue

Anthony Davis has a sprained left ankle, but is listed as probable for the Pelicans' preseason opener tonight against the Pacers. Davis has missed 47 games in his 3 seasons in the NBA.

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Rose expected to rejoin Bulls Wednesday

The PG is recovering from a fractured left orbital, and coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice today: "[The doctors have] advised him to continue to let that sight heal and they think the best way to do that is for him to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back Wednesday morning."

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs are back at it after taking a day off.

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Clippers announce that, after one exhibition game, they've waived former lottery pick Nikoloz Tskitishvili