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Butler enjoying his time in Chicago spotlight with Team USA

To be introduced as part of Team USA preparing to leave for Rio in front of his hometown crowd of Chicago is almost too good to be true for the Bulls' Jimmy Butler.

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Coach K: Melo's experience helping develop Team USA (0:46)
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Summer Forecast looks bleak for Rose and Rondo

Will the Knicks and Bulls regret their offseason point guard additions? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projection for worst newcomer.

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Friedell not optimistic Bulls will be better with Wade (1:04)
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Wade: 'Funny to be sitting in this seat' (2:34)
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Monty Williams: 'Quitting is not an option' (4:10)
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How does LaVine-Gordon stack up to Wilkins-Jordan? (1:24)
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Collins twins, Wise on issues raised at DNC

Andy Katz and Rick Klein discuss the DNC, Michael Jordan's words on social activism and the NBA moving the All-Star Game from Charlotte with former NBA twins Jason and Jarron Collins as well as Mike Wise of The Undefeated.

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Wade always envisioned playing for the Bulls (1:00)
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Durant feels the love in his Oracle debut

Kevin Durant made his Oracle Arena debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday while playing for USA Basketball in an Olympic tuneup. The newly minted Warrior is quickly making himself at home.

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Karl-Anthony Towns takes kids to school (0:17)
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This is how you shut down a dunk contest (0:39)
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Harlem Globetrotter and SkyCoaster go perfect together (1:34)
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NBPA doesn't see negative effect from Durant joining Warriors (1:05)
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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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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk (1:47)
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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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Wade: This is Jimmy Butler's team

Dwyane Wade wants to avoid all confusion and speculation as he joins the Bulls.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach K said he was proud of his hometown of Chicago for giving Thibs such a big ovation before the game.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler: "Is it my team? I guess two of the three alphas have said that." He says he's grateful for comments but still not comfortable calling himself the leader of the team.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

One key piece to the story: One source close to Monty Williams says he "absolutely" plans to be a head coach again in the NBA down the road.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler and Coach K address media after Team USA's win over Venezuela.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Cool scene after the game as Venezuelan players and staff line up to take pictures with Kyrie Irving.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

USA Basketball assistant coach Monty Williams is expected to join the San Antonio Spurs' staff next season in a TBD role, league sources say

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An NBA scout on rankings: "We need to know talent. But hell I want to see if he can stay in front of his man & fight over a ball screen"

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Also in the gym tonight in Queens at The Artest Foundation tournament: NYC high school legend Lenny Cooke. Cooke, who had a legendary showdown against LeBron James at a high school camp, still has a strong crossover.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade gets big ovation from Chicago fans. He's sitting next to US bench.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

An ugly basketball game at the United Center tonight. USA and Venezuela have combined to shoot 17/64 from the field.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Metta World Peace is headlining the Artest Foundation's charity game tonight in Queens. The foundation, which is run by his father, is focused on improving youth literacy, among other issues.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Venezuela's Gregory Vargas needs some new letters on the back of his jersey.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Jimmy Butler gets big ovation from Chicago fans. He was introduced first and will be starting.

Mark Schwarz  

Might DeAndre Jordan have found the answer to his free throw woes in USA Basketball Assistant Coach Jim Boeheim? Boeheim spent 15 minutes working with Jordan before tonight's USA Venezuela game

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Former Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau feeling the love from Chicago fans before tonight USA Men's game vs Venezuela at United Center

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Thibodeau gets a big ovation from crowd in his first public return to Chicago since being fired last summer.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Warriors need a rim protector and have chosen to give JaVale McGee an opportunity in training camp to fill that void, sources tell ESPN.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Warriors are signing veteran center JaVale McGee to a make-good deal for a chance to make the team in training camp, league sources say.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant getting some shots up before Team USA's exhibition against Venezuela in Chicago.