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Mamba the mentor

While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and the fledgling trio that the Lakers hope will be their future core, he's bridging the gap, Baxter Holmes writes.

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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?

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2dDave McMenamin

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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2dNick 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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2dDave 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.

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2dKevin Pelton

Pelton: 10 likely extension candidates

Kevin Pelton runs through 10 candidates who are likely to get extensions on their rookie deals before the Nov. 2 deadline and explains what each side can expect in negotiations.


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

ICYMI: CP3 & Jordan up to old tricks

The first NBA preseason game of the year offered us a highlight that we may see a few more times this year: Chris Paul finding DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop.


J.R. Smith gets the Armstrong treatment

NBA impersonator Brandon Armstrong imitates the Cavs' high volume shooter in his latest video. And of course it begins with him on a Segway.


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DeAndre Jordan added a shoulder-wiggle to FT routine, presumably to be less stiff. Was 3-5. Shots were softer but ... there was 1 air-ball.

LeBron eyes healthy choices

As he enters his 13th season with his 31st birthday looming, James isn't not planning to skip games to avoid injury. 'Feeling-great days are kind of over'

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Paul on Emmanuel Mudiay: "He didn't really get rattled, this being his first game...Very under control. I definitely think he'll be a really good guard in this league for a long time."

LeBron on gun violence: 'No room for that'

ESPN Cavaliers reporter Dave McMenamin said of LeBron James' pointed comments at practice today: "He felt it was time for him to use his voice, use his platform to speak out against what's going on in this country."


David Blatt's son sinks half-court shot

Tamir Blatt, son of Cavaliers coach David Blatt, hit a buzzer-beating half-court shot for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israel.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers open preseason Sunday vs. Utah. Will Kobe Bryant play? "We'll see," says Lakers coach Byron Scott. Bryant had previously said that he expects to play but only in limited minutes.

LeBron James calls for more gun control

After a child shooting in Cleveland yesterday, James said today at Cavaliers practice there is "no room for guns." "Obviously you're not going to be able to take every gun out. ... But if there's some stipulations behind it or some penalties, some big time penalties or rules or regulations about carrying firearms, legal or illegal, people will second-guess themselves." Story

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