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#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.

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5hMichael Wallace

Heat C Whiteside eyes return in another week

Hassan Whiteside believes he'll need about another week to recover from a strained right calf that has sidelined the Miami Heat center through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
Between-the-legs, behind-the-back dunk (0:37)
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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.

J.R. Smith sends military member home happy (0:15)
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2dDarren Rovell

Clock management: Tissot signs deal with NBA

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multiyear partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history.

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8hMichael Wallace

The journey back for Heat's gentle giant

Enduring the first week of a rigorous training camp gave Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh only a taste of the battle he's facing in his return to normalcy.

Howard: 'I feel great, training camp was awesome' (1:50)
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3dBaxter 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.

Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
Face to Face with Isiah Thomas (9:20)
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2dMichael 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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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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5dNick 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.


Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


Blazers building around Lillard

ESPN's Darren Haynes and Kevin Pelton examine how PG Damian Lillard will benefit from the Blazers' offseason additions and if Portland will make the playoffs.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lawson will start at point guard tonight for the Rockets in preseason opener at Memphis over Patrick Beverley.

Rewind: Jordan announces retirement

On Oct. 6, 1993, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his first retirement from the game of basketball.


Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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Half-court jumper for $30K? No problem

A military member had to have felt good about Cavs G J.R. Smith's taking a half-court shot to win $30K. But when Smith pulled up for a jumper without a running start?


Richmond joins Mullin's staff at St. John's

Two-thirds of the Warriors' Run TMC crew of the early '90s is now together at St. John's as Mitch Richmond has joined Chris Mullin's staff as a special assistant. Richmond has spent the past couple of seasons in the Kings' front office.

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Nothing but dunks

6-foot-1 professional dunker Jordan Kilganon shows off some of his best dunks, including between-the-legs, behind-the-back jam


Meet Shareef O'Neal and his hops

Shaquille O'Neal's 6-foot-8 teenage son has some pretty impressive dunks. Check out the mini Shaq-attack.


Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics defeat Milano 124-91 in exhibition opener overseas. Quick postgame 3-pointer: * David Lee starts and thrives in point forward role. 13 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, +22 in 21:24. * Isaiah Thomas picks up right where he left off: team-high 18 points in 21 minutes off bench (adds 4 ast, 3 stl) * C’s shoot 56.1%, put 5 players in double figures, 31 assists on 46 field goals.

Warriors are golden

FiveThirtyEight calculated ratings for every NBA (and ABA) franchise after every game in league history and found that the Warriors are currently sitting at their best mark in franchise history. Complete history of every team

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Nets Markel Brown to miss preseason

An update with be given on Brown (left oblique strain) following the completion of the preseason, the team added. Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist) and Willie Reed (quad) also did not practice Tuesday. Brooklyn next faces the Pistons on Thursday.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Isaiah Thomas in midseason form at using the 2-for-1 as an excuse to shoot a 25-footer off the dribble.

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I get the skepticism, but I think David Lee is going to be effective in the Celtics' pick-and-roll game. Back-to-back nice finishes.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the Mavs who will miss at least the first two preseason games: Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Chandler Parsons (knee), Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and Deron Williams (calf).

Trail Blazers honor UCC shooting victims

The Portland team held a touching moment of silence in remembrance and support of those affected by the UCC shootings.


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Porzingis says fans on the street tell him, " 'KP, you’d better be healthy and bring us a championship.’ Stuff like that. I love the fans."

Grantland: Clippers on the edge of glory

Zach Lowe writes the Clippers have had three cracks at an NBA title with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in their primes. This fourth try could be their last. Time to make the leap

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Have been noticing a little pocket on the back of the shirts the players wear under their jerseys. Those pockets contain heart monitors that all the players wear during workouts so the team can monitor their exertion.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge was held out of today's workout because of tightness in his IT band, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Apparently the muscle runs along the thigh bone, according to Popovich's demonstration on an unsuspecting reporter.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge didn't want to be held out of Tuesday's workout. Gregg Popovich joked: "Welcome to the Spurs."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Patty Mills so far has hit nine in a row from this spot.