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#NBArank: Kobe checks in at No. 93

Coming off another season-ending injury, Kobe Bryant falls to No. 93 in our countdown of the NBA's best players. Follow along as #NBArank dives into the league's top 100.

Tempers flare in preseason contest between Jazz and Lakers (0:58)
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It's not ideal, but Mavs need Sam Dalembert

Dallas is depending on infamously unreliable Samuel Dalembert, who is in the process of his annual preseason tradition of trying to get in shape.

Harden declares he's best player in NBA before preseason loss (0:44)
Jahlil Okafor scores 12 in preseason loss (0:47)
Shaq sells car on "Fresh Off the Boat" (1:33)
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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1dMichael 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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4dBaxter 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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3dMichael 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.


TrueHoop TV: Kobe the 93rd best player?

If a player's most important ability is availability, Baxter Holmes says no one can reasonably rank Kobe Bryant too highly after three consecutive season-ending injuries.


Kobe comes in at No. 93 in NBA Rank

The project asks, "Which player will be better in 2015-16?" from both a quality and quantity standpoint. Kobe ranked 260th in Wins Above Replacement last season. Players ranked 91-100


ICYMI: Khris Middleton jams 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.


LeBron: 'I will lead but I won't carry' Cavs

Before a shootaround Wednesday at Xavier University, LeBron James said, "We have enough guys until all our guys get here. Until Kyrie [Irving] and Tristan [Thompson] and [Iman Shumpert] is ready, we have enough guys that will all help. It's not about me carrying the team and that nature. We're all grown men, we're all professionals and they're here to do their job."

Kobe Bryant: Barely a top-100 player?

In the 41 games Bryant’s played over the last two seasons, he’s averaged 21.1 PPG while shooting under 38 percent. That’s the worst field goal percentage over any two-year stretch in the shot-clock era in which a player averaged at least 20 PPG.

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#NBArank hits the top 100

And Kobe Bryant comes in at No. 93. Of the 172 players that took at least 500 shots last season, only Trey Burke shot worse than Kobe's 37.3 percent from the field. Players ranked 91-100

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ICYMI: Trevor Booker punches Roy Hibbert

Jazz forward Trevor Booker was ejected in the third quarter of Tuesday night's preseason game in Hawaii after hitting Roy Hibbert in the face.


Lakers From The Outside: The Kobe issue

Kobe Bryant returning for another season after this one is a fan's dream, but NBA insiders say it would be a nightmare for the Lakers. "They've created a monster there," one executive said. Here's why

Elias Stein

ICYMI: Father time catching up with Carter

Vince Carter used to be one of the game's top dunkers. Now he gets stuffed by the rim while trying for the slam in the Grizzlies' preseason game vs. the Rockets.


#NBArank hits the top 100

Players ranked 91st through 100 are unveiled today. Which players join Roy Hibbert and Luol Deng on today's list? Follow along

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Kevin Love ready for increased role

He's hopeful about his second year in Cleveland. "I expect, at least from a comfort level, things to be different this year." Not a 3rd wheel

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs first-round pick Justin Anderson had an underwhelming line in his preseason debut: one point, one rebound, no assists in 22 minutes. "It's jumping in to the deep end when you come out of college and go in to your first NBA game and you have to start against starting-caliber players," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He learned a lot tonight."

ICYMI: Nothing but dunks

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


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Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love stayed back in Cleveland for rehab. Did not accompany the Cavs on their two-game preseason road trip

Booker ejected for swipe at Hibbert

Jazz F Trevor Booker (left) was ejected from Tuesday night's preseason game in Honolulu after he took a swing at Lakers C Roy Hibbert (far right). Booker first got into a tangle with Lakers F Julius Randle, and when Hibbert joined the fray, Booker threw a punch that missed. Said Hibbert: "I have everybody's back."


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.


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.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Preseason final from Honolulu: Jazz 117, Lakers 114. Kobe Bryant: 13 points on 5-9 FGs in 21 min. Lou Williams leads LAL with 20 points. Utah's Alec Burks scores a game-high 27 points.