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Summer Forecast: Projecting the MVP race for 2016-17

Could Russell Westbrook's solo act lead to an MVP in OKC? Could Steph Curry complete a three-peat? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projection for Most Valuable Player.

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How would a third gold medal affect Carmelo's legacy? (1:20)
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Could Curry be 'poached' from Warriors after next season? (1:33)
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Karl-Anthony Towns takes kids to school (0:17)
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Is Steph Curry really fifth-most likely MVP? (3:01)
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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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How does LaVine-Gordon stack up to Wilkins-Jordan? (1:24)
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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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This is how you shut down a dunk contest (0:39)
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Dirk Nowitzki, not so good at soccer (0:19)
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Harlem Globetrotter and SkyCoaster go perfect together (1:34)
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Wade makes appearance at Cubs-White Sox game (0:15)
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NBPA doesn't see negative effect from Durant joining Warriors (1:05)
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Vote now: How does your NBA team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NBA team stack up? Vote now!

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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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Coach K: 'The welcoming for Kevin was fantastic' (1:01)
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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk (1:47)
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Top dunks from the free throw line (1:24)
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American war hero inspiring USA Basketball (4:24)
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Jordan not the same person who refused to take a stand in his 20s (1:45)
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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)
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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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Dirk Nowitzki is not so good at soccer

The NBA star's talents on the court don't translate to the pitch.

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Summer Forecast: MVP race projections

Could Russell Westbrook's solo act lead to an MVP in OKC? Could Steph Curry complete a three-peat? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early picks. Ballot

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Carmelo 'shocked' Wade left Miami

Carmelo Anthony on Dwyane Wade signing with the Bulls: "It's hard to see some players in different uniforms, and he's one of those guys."

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Dr. J gives his approval on dunk contest

In an interview, Dr. J said the LaVine-Gordon Slam Dunk Contest was "clearly as good as the Wilkins-Jordan showdown."

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

David Lee lands a two-year deal worth $3.2 million and a player option for Year 2 in San Antonio, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein.

Karl-Anthony Towns takes kids to school

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns blows by kids at a basketball camp and puts them all on a poster.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo guarantees that Knicks-Bulls will be on Christmas or opening night. NBA may decide to make it both.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Melo on Wade's decision to sign with the Bulls: "I was shocked."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics announce their full preseason schedule.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Highlight of Bulls preseason schedule is Oct. 14 matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center.