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#NBArank Nos. 111-120

The #NBArank countdown continues as we cover Nos. 111-120. Which players join new acquisitions Deron Williams and David West on today's list?

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8hDarren 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.

Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
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2hBradford Doolittle

Doolittle: 2015-16 Knicks player profiles

What's in store for Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis & Co. this season? Bradford Doolittle is breaking down each player on the Knicks' roster heading into the season.

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2dBaxter 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.

Celebrating D-Rose's birthday with slam dunks (0:44)
J.R. Smith is back at it...sort of (1:05)
Face to Face with Isiah Thomas (9:20)
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15hMichael 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.

3dDave McMenamin

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.

Nets owner can ball (1:13)
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4dNick 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.

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4dDave McMenamin

Anderson Varejao stepping lively in return

After missing most of last season recovering from a torn an Achilles tendon, the veteran Cavs big man has hit the ground running during training camp.

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Watkins: Can James Harden do even more?

From his new $200 million sneaker deal to his celebrity profile, everything is getting bigger for James Harden. What the Rockets are expecting from their star is no different, Calvin Watkins writes.

Kidd: The future is bright for Parker (1:13)
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Conn: Poppo's Boys

A look back at the beginning of Gregg Popovich's career -- as head coach of the then-hapless Division III Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens.

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Strauss: The Warriors vs. the disease of more

They are more famous and more heralded thanks to winning a title, but the Warriors retain the capacity to be great in a world that finally notices, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.


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Knicks' Kurt Rambis on Porzingis: "It wasn’t like he's blank slate coming in here. He knows how to play. He’s going to be fun to work with."

Report: Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months

Hornets F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs surgery for his separated shoulder and will miss six months, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year.


Green nails windmill dunk

Heat guard Gerald Green got a breakaway off a steal and finished the preseason play with a windmill dunk.


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Rockets second-round pick Montrezl Harrell (thigh) missed Monday's practice. He got an elbow to the thigh over the weekend. No word if he'll play Tuesday at Memphis.

Durant, Nike renovate OKC blacktop

Thunder forward Kevin Durant dedicated a refurbished court through his foundation's "Build It And They Will Ball" initiative. "I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did," Durant said. Story

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Kevin McHale on what he's looking for in Tuesday's preseason opener at Memphis: "I want to see the first group that we play together and the first seven-to-eight guys try to blend them in a little bit. Get settled a little bit, more on a run."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

A clarification on Dwight Howard. He doesn't have to do anything to become a free agent next summer. However he can trigger something in his contract to remain with the Rockets and not become a free agent next summer.

Stephen A. Smith responds to Kevin Durant

"I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me."


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams has yet to practice during training camp due to a strained calf but significantly increased his activity Monday. "He's on a very good path," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kyle Anderson, summer league MVP. Will be interesting to see the type of role he'll take on this season for the Spurs. Guessing he'll be a solid contributor.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called the job first-year Rangers manager Jeff Bannister has done guiding Texas' worst-to-first turnaround in the AL West "absolutely tremendous." Added Carlisle: "I can’t help but feel great for the Rangers, but Jeff Bannister’s story is a very compelling one. He came in as a guy who was given an opportunity and Jon Daniels had a hunch about him. They had the tough start early, but Jeff’s a guy that’s an energetic believer. He kept those guys going. It’s been remarkable, and they have a real chance."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich isn't sure about the team's second five. But Danny Green said the second unit so far has more chemistry than the starters.

Blake brings shot clock down with dunk

During warm-ups before the Clippers' preseason loss to the Raptors, Blake Griffin sent the shot clock crashing down with an alley-oop.


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Carmelo Anthony says "hell no" when asked if he thinks he'd get to a point where he'd ask for a trade this year. "I already came this far."

Bargnani to miss preseason game

F/C Andrea Bargnani (hamstring tightness) will not play tonight in Brooklyn's first preseason game against Fenerbahce Ulker. Bargnani has missed 175 games over the past four seasons due to injury. G Markel Brown (oblique), F/C Willie Reed (quad) and F Chris McCullough (knee) are also out for the team.

Brook Lopez to take more 3s this season

Lopez even joked that he's going to take 600 3-pointers in 2015-16. Lopez, who is 1-for-17 from downtown in his career, worked a lot on his 3-point shooting over the summer. "I'm confident in that situation to put one up if Coach (Hollins) calls my number in that regard," he said.

ICYMI: Kobe's preseason clunker

Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited return to action Sunday night in a preseason game against the Jazz. His first shot wasn't so smooth -- it hit the top of the backboard.


LBJ on Tristan: Unfortunate 'distraction'

LeBron James on the contract drama between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson: "His value to us is extreme, as we saw last year ... The last thing you need is a distraction when you are trying to make a championship run, and we have that right now."


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Kevin Durant on why he built the court at N Highland in OKC. "I wanted to teach the kids how I grew up and the values I learned being outdoors."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

There are just some jobs I wouldn't want to do. Cleaning the roof of the Toyota Center where the Rockets play is one of them. Much respect.

Bosh on return: Like a fish to water

Chris Bosh made his return in Heat preseason action Sunday after recovering from career-threatening blood clots and said postgame: "It was normal -- back doing my job. I understand everybody's [wondering], 'How did it feel like? What was it really like to finally play?' If you put a fish back in the water, it's going to swim."

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CHA coach Clifford: "Last year, of any statistic, 3-pt shooting % was the No. 1 factor in why teams won. We gotta be able to shoot 3s."

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Early trend: Charlotte -- the worst 3-point shooting team in NBA last year -- is firing up 3s at a Rockets-like frequency this preseason.

NBA, Swiss watchmaker sign clock deal

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multi-year partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history. Terms were not announced but Tissot president Francois Thiebaud told Darren Rovell it was the most expensive deal the brand had done in its 162-year history. As part of the deal, Tissot will get branding on clocks inside the arena -- most prominently the shot clocks above the baskets.