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Durant given hearty welcome by Oracle crowd

Kevin Durant made his debut on the Warriors' home court Tuesday night in a Team USA exhibition game and was given a hero's welcome by the Oracle Arena crowd.

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Coach K: 'The welcoming for Kevin was fantastic' (1:01)
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Cousins, Team USA hold China to 57 points (1:11)
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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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Tyronn Lue worth the money for Cavs? (1:12)
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Top dunks from the free throw line (1:24)
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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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Why has Team USA basketball been so good so far? (0:56)
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American war hero inspiring USA Basketball (4:24)
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Stoudemire's career full of highlight-reel moments (0:47)
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Wine therapy with Amar'e Stoudemire (2:36)
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Russell Westbrook can do it alone (1:25)
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How much is Presti at fault for current state of Thunder? (1:38)
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Jordan not the same person who refused to take a stand in his 20s (1:45)
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Ice Bucket Challenge funds help gene discovery

The Ice Bucket Challenge raised more than $100 million in contributions for the ALS Association, which contributed $1 million to a research project that identified a gene linked to ALS.

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Smith: Critics of MJ should look to white athletes too (1:09)
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Carmelo: MJ's timing was perfect (0:36)
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Blackistone on Jordan: Why not give BLM money? (1:41)
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How McCollum earned his four-year/$106 million extension (1:29)
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Durant's return to Oracle Arena marked by hindsight (2:08)
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NBA's best poster dunks (1:27)
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USA basketball using practice to build chemistry (1:54)
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Cousins focused on bringing home a gold medal (1:17)
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5dBrian Windhorst

How Team USA's turnaround began 10 years ago

Losing to Greece in 2006 was the biggest disappointment of coach Mike Krzyzewski's career. Now Team USA is looking for its 64th straight win in international play.

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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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Amar'e Stoudemire sure did like to dunk

In honor of Amar'e Stoudemire announcing his retirement from the NBA, SportsCenter takes a look back at the top five dunks of his career, including a monster jam over Anthony Tolliver.

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How will the West play out in 2016-17?

Will the Warriors' superteam roll to another 70-plus wins? How will the Spurs fare after Tim Duncan's retirement? Our expert panel makes its projections for the NBA's Western Conference in 2016-17. Summer Forecast

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Is Amar'e Stoudemire a Hall of Famer?

Amar'e Stoudemire put up great numbers for the Suns, but he could be remembered for his disappointing seasons with the Knicks. What are his Hall of Fame chances? Yes or no? (Insider)

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Why Team USA has been so good so far

Marc Stein breaks down why Team USA has looked so impressive in its first few games.

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American war hero inspires Team USA

Army Maj. Scotty Smiley, who saved his unit in Iraq at the cost of his sight, spoke to Team USA about the meaning of selfless service.

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Anthony's town hall unites community

Carmelo Anthony's town hall brought athletes, teens and police together as the NBA All-Star continues to try to bridge the gap in broken communities. Melo's platform

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The Magic hit reset ... again

Orlando's first attempt at rebuilding didn't go the way it wanted, so now the Magic are hoping the latest path has them on the rocky road to becoming a contender. Unearthing an identity

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Klay on his thoughts while watching KD play at Oracle: "This could be a problem."

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The stuff you find in the bowels of Oracle

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15 second long cheer for Durant. Followed by a random boo of DeAndre Jordan

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Team USA plays tonight in Oakland. That means Kyrie Irving will be there for the first time since this shot: es.pn/2atqDfM

Lue's bet on himself pays off

Jalen Rose and David Jacoby break down the details of Tyronn Lue's new contract and what his future with the Cavaliers could hold.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

So far ESPN Summer Forecast has projected the Nets to go 20-62 in 2016-17 while ESPN's Bradford Doolittle has them going 16-66 based on his statistical projection model. Brooklyn has been preaching patience as an organization since Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson took over. The rebuilding Nets figure to play hard for Atkinson on a nightly basis, but defense and overall talent are certainly question marks.

A butter sculpture of Cavs' logo

The 2016 Ohio State Fair displays sculptures made out of butter, including one designed to be the Cleveland Cavaliers logo.

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