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8hBradford Doolittle

Doolittle: 2015-16 Cavaliers player profiles

Check out our player scouting reports and 2015-16 projections for the Cavaliers. What can we expect from Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James this season?

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1hDarren Rovell

NY Atty. General questions DraftKings, FanDuel

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an inquiry into DraftKings and FanDuel to look into possible advantages daily fantasy employees might have gained by exploiting data.

Harden declares he's best player in NBA before preseason loss (0:44)
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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.

Khris Middleton puts Jimmy Butler on a poster (0:15)
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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11hMichael 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.


Rewind: Jordan announces retirement

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


Harden declares he's best player in NBA

"I am the best player in the league," James Harden declared before he scored 11 points in Houston's preseason loss to Memphis. "I believe that ... I thought I was last year too."


Khris Middleton jams on Jimmy Butler

Middleton poked a pass for the steal and took it all the way to the hole for a poster slam over Jimmy Butler in their preseason matchup.


Kidd-Gilchrist has surgery, out 6 months

Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had surgery on a torn labrum on his right shoulder suffered Saturday. Typical recovery for this surgery is 6 months. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season.

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Nothing but dunks

6-foot-1 professional dunker Jordan Kilganon showed off some of his best dunks, including a 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.


Scott: I can't see Kobe playing elsewhere

"I can't see it. I mean I can't see it. I really can't," Lakers head coach Byron Scott told USA Today Sports. "I think just like Magic Johnson, even MJ [Michael Jordan], who went to Washington [after two years out of the game at the age of 37], but still when you think of MJ you think of the Chicago Bulls. When I think of Kobe, I don't care what happens, I think everybody will always think of him as a Laker and one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Same Lakers starting five for Lakers-Jazz exhibition game here in Honolulu: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle & Roy Hibbert. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant's minutes will increase, ranging from 12-20.

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.

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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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.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

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.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

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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