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#NBArank hits the league's top 80 players

Golden State's Harrison Barnes joins our countdown of the NBA's best players. Who will join him on today's list? Follow along as #NBArank reveals Nos. 71-80.

Rose: Cavs don't necessarily win the East without Thompson (1:38)
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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: There aren't 92 players better than Kobe (3:46)
Boogie jumps with Leuer and loses (0:12)
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Scouting every player in the Pacific Division

Our NBA Insider crew is analyzing all 30 rosters heading into 2015-16. Today, Amin Elhassan breaks down the games of Kobe, Steph, Blake and the rest of the Pacific Division.

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It's not ideal, but Mavs need Sam Dalembert

Dallas is depending on infamously unreliable Samuel Dalembert, who is in the process of his annual preseason tradition of trying to get in shape.

Shaq sells car on "Fresh Off the Boat" (1:33)
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Edge of glory: Will the Clippers make the leap or hit reset?

The Clips have had three cracks at it with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all in their primes, and they're not afraid to admit the fourth could be their last -- that another flameout will force them to ask whether this core has grown stale, Zach Lowe writes.


Kobe: I don't need to defend No. 93 ranking

Pressed on what he thought of his spot in ESPN's NBARank project, Kobe Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that." How NBARank is compiled

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To beat LeBron, don't wear his shoes

King James says he finds a mental advantage over his opponents who wear his LeBron shoes, something he first saw Michael Jordan do. Inspired by MJ

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After Dwight Howard injured the knee, he used a heavy brace to stabilize it and played Game 2 of WCF with no apparent serious issues.

Howard played hurt in playoffs

Dwight Howard told SportsRadio 610 that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals vs. the Warriors. He averaged 14.4 PPG and 14.4 RPG while playing 38 minutes per game in the series.

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NBArank 71-80: Barnes checks in

Warriors F Harrison Barnes, fresh off an NBA championship, improved his rank by more than 40 spots from last year. A new player is being unveiled every hour. NBArank 71-80

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Sefolosha found not guilty on charges

The Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha has been acquitted on misdemeanor charges stemming from an April incident at a New York City nightclub, where Sefolosha suffered a broken leg and was charged with obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Story

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers fall to 0-3 in preseason after 105-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors here in Ontario, Calif. Kobe Bryant finished with his best game of the preseason thus far -- 16 points on 5-11 shooting in about 22 minutes. Julius Randle had another impressive showing with 17 points on 7-10 shooting. And Lakers guard Lou Williams scored 19 against his former team.

No criminal charges for Matt Barnes

In an email to ESPN, the Redondo Beach Police Department stated: "RBPD did respond to an incident and complete a report. The report was reviewed and there is no basis for criminal charges. No further information is being released at this time about the location or those involved." Story

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Booker suspended game for swinging at Hibbert

Jazz forward Trevor Booker has been suspended a game by the NBA for slapping Roy Hibbert in a preseason game, according to Yahoo! Sports.