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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James getting in some early shooting work before the Celtics game.

All-Time #NBArank: Where to put Kobe?

It's Mamba time. Where will Kobe Bryant land among legends like the Big O and Dr. J? Our countdown of the best ballers ever moves closer to the Top 10. Nos. 11-15

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Steph Curry has no limit to his range

This season, NBA players shoot 59.5 percent on shots from three feet or closer. Curry is shooting 60.4 percent on shots from 28 feet or farther. Here's visual proof.

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Klay Thompson on guarding Russell Westbrook: "He's fun to play against"

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Dubs looking for some more W's

According to ESPN's BPI, Golden State is favored to win its next five games. The Warriors host the Thunder on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN.

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Steph Curry if he expects to have a voice in major free agency decisions: "I expect they'll ask me about what a potential move, whatever it is, how it'll impact the team, the chemistry, and this and that. But at the end of the day that's not my job. If it was we probably wouldn't have the team we have right now. I'll stick to shooting, playing with the teammates that we have, and hopefully whatever that means down the stretch, Bob and front office continue to do the job they've been doing"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Nash was mostly observing at Warriors practice today. According to Kerr, Nash tore his hamstring 6 weeks ago playing soccer

Kobe Bryant is like a fine wine

Just getting better with age -- at least this past week. Bryant seems to have turned back the clock, averaging 29.3 PPG in his last three games.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili out for a while, San Antonio Spurs coach said his team will miss those vets' leadership the most. "We'll miss their play, but their leadership is just as important," Popovich said. "When those two guys are on the court, everything just seems to work a little bit more smoothly and everybody knows where to go. So we'll miss them for that as much as anything."

Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra indicated at shootaround that Amar'e Stoudemire would remain in the starting lineup for an eighth straight game tonight in Charlotte. That means Hassan Whiteside, in his second game back from a hip injury, will continue to come off the bench for now. Stoudemire and Whiteside combined for 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks in 17 minutes apiece at center in Wednesday's win at Dallas.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on playing the Warriors: "You guys keep asking me questions about what they do. We're gonna do what we do."

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant passed on making a Super Bowl prediction, but did say he'd like to see Cam Newton win because "everybody's doubting him and talking nonsense about who he is as a person."

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You remember the Mamba, he's clutch

The game was on the line for the Lakers and Pelicans. For Kobe, it was just a Thursday.

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Stephen Curry on what he learned from Cam Newton: "I went to training camp three years ago and just kind of understood from a quarterback perspective how they communicate, how they lead, what they see on the floor. It's very similar to what we do as point guards in our game and how we're supposed to know where everybody's supposed to be and how we communicate that vision to our teammates. That's the biggest thing I learned from him, being around him for two days at training camp."

Most surprising NBA rookies

This rookie class is proving to be amazingly deep, with a variety of players exceeding expectations, including Denver's Nikola Jokic, who put to rest concerns about his athleticism. Rookie surprises (Insider)

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on the latest Johnny Manziel controversy: "I think that's the last thing I need to be talking about, is his incidents. That doesn't make it any better. I wasn't there. I don't know what happened, so who am I to say he was right or he was wrong? I wasn't there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

J.R. Smith on how he hopes the NBA chooses its 3-point field in the future after he was left out from Toronto this year: "I mean, other than stats and analytics and everything they use on everything else, I hope they just use better judgment."

LeBron James on Hack-a-Whomever

"I don't really see a problem with it. At the end of the day, it's a strategy of the game and whatever it takes to win. If that's a part of the game and you have a guy that is a bad free-throw shooter and you put him on the line, that's a part of strategy."

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Drummond or Porzingis: Who spun better?

The best way to recover from an embarrassing moment is flipping the embarrassment on the person who first inflicted it on you.

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ICYMI: Ryan Anderson uncorks on Kobe

This vintage of Vino has rich, developed tannins with a buttery finish and a faint aftertaste of getting dunked on.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't know when he'll be back, but Tim Duncan looks like he's getting closer to returning.

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Curry vs. MJ: Who's the better shooter?

His Airness had a career-best true shooting percentage during the 1988-89 season. Reigning MVP Stephen Curry is crushing it so far this season.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder sat out the team's morning shootaround Friday due to a sore ankle after getting rolled up on during Wednesday's win over the Pistons. Crowder is a game-time decision but told reporters in Cleveland that he expects to play against the Cavaliers.

Silver changes mind on 'Hack-A-Player'

NBA commissioner Adam Silver changed his stance on teams' "Hack-A-Player" strategy, telling USA Today, "I'm increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer. ... It's just not the way we want to see the game played."

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