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Lakers From The Outside: Embracing a new reality

Lakers fans aren't used to losing, but numerous NBA insiders say the franchise must significantly alter its approach before the current malaise will end.

Working out with Anthony Davis (1:05)
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NBA Season Preview: ESPN's Power Rankings for 2015-16

We're rolling out our Insider forecasts from now until opening night. We begin with two franchises -- the 76ers and Timberwolves -- that hope some young stars can break them out of the basement.

Spurs not worries about Aldridge's slow start (2:27)
Jemele Hill: Sefolosha's outcome just, but not satisfying (1:00)
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Keating: Buying a sports team? Stay away from the NFL

In ESPN The Magazine's Owners Issue, Peter Keating writes that, while NFL might still rule all, if you were to buy into a league today based on growth potential, the NBA is the game to join.

Rose: Cavs don't necessarily win the East without Thompson (1:38)


For J.R. Smith, game time = cotton candy time

The guard sat out for his 2nd straight preseason game because of a sore hamstring but didn't stay out of the spotlight. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and, unbeknownst to his coach, obtained the snack and munched on it during the game. May have gifted treat

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Porter breaks ankles, nutmegs defender

Wizards forward Otto Porter put not just one, but two silly moves on defenders in a preseason game.


Shaq on current state of the Lakers

"When you mean 'turn it around,' do you mean a championship? Because that's done. That's not happening unless they make a miraculous trade and get four new people. Who do they have on the Lakers? I'm not sure. I'm not joking. Do they even have anyone to trade that somebody would want?" Lakers' new reality

Yao Ming makes tall people look small

Yao Ming is very large. This week, comedian Kevin Hart proved the point by instagramming a fictional, Photoshopped image of him standing next to Yao and Shaq. Yao makes people look tiny

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Davis propels Pelicans past Bulls

Playing in his hometown, Anthony Davis recorded 26 points and eight rebounds in New Orleans' 123-115 win over Chicago. Bulls rookie Bobby Portis had 20 points and 11 rebounds.


Aldridge scores 17 in loss to Heat

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes, but San Antonio was outscored 26-10 in the fourth quarter of its 97-94 preseason loss to Miami.


LeBron, Cavs fall to 0-3 in preseason

LeBron James scored 14 points for Cleveland, but Zach Randolph matched that with 14 for Memphis in its 91-81 win.


Anthony Davis is working on threes

The Pelicans forward said he will get to back to his high school and college days under new coach Alvin Gentry. Said Davis: "I’m getting even better, adding more to my game."


Mazzeo: Nets looking for Lopez to step up

Said ESPN's Mike Mazzeo: "This is really Brook Lopez's team right now. ... They don’t really have that one guy to stand out [defensively]. ... I think they’re going to play hard."



Coach Fisher on Porzingis injury: "He strained his left quad -- similar to the quad injury he had pre-draft, just not as severe."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston Rockets claimed Arsalan Kazemi off waivers. Kazemi was a 2013 second-round pick of the 76ers. He was in the Hawks camp until he was released.

Spurs not worried about Aldridge

ESPN Spurs reporter Michael C. Wright has the latest on San Antonio's team chemistry and LaMarcus Aldridge's struggles in the Spurs' preseason opener.


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Kobe Bryant dropped 21 points in 19 minutes during yesterday's preseason game, and we're only 15 days away from the @nba regular season. Now that's some #mondaymotivation. [Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images]

Rozier says knee soreness not serious

Celtics rookie Terry Rozier will miss both of the team's exhibition games this week after he tweaked his left knee in training camp. "I thought I could just get through it. But lesson learned from that," Rozier said. "But it's nothing serious. It just has me off my feet right now." Story

Rose likely to return this week

Bulls PG Derrick Rose may be cleared for practice after suffering a fractured left orbital injury on Sept. 29. Rose was seen at the practice facility on Monday. "Derrick's in the building," said coach Fred Hoiberg. [He] still isn't able to do anything as far as courtwork, hopefully he'll get the clearance here in the next couple of days..."

King James channels inner Boardwalk Empire

LeBron James' associate had a recent birthday party, and the NBA star went full Jazz Age for the occasion. Call him 'Plaid' Jackson


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics rookie guard Terry Rozier said he had his left knee drained after returning from trip overseas. Rozier said he injured it early in camp, but swelling persisted in Madrid. Didn’t say anything initially. “Lesson learned,” said Rozier. He’s out for both exhibition games this week.

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Mo Williams will sit out the Cavs game tonight for rest. J.R. Smith (hamstring) could sit, depending on how he comes through shootaround.