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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry on his relationship with Danny Ferry, who joined the Pelicans as a special adviser after two years away from the NBA: "It's fine, it's fine. I've known Danny a long time. Actually, he was kidding me because I watched him play in high school when he was at DeMatha [High School]. He's an extremely bright guy. He's here as a consultant and to challenge us with ideas, and things like that. I think he's done a great job with it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose feels as if he is "close" to returning to the level he played during 2010-11, when he won the NBA's MVP award: "But me sitting up here and saying that, that's not going to do anything. Next year, I'm going to let my game speak for itself," he said.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry seemed excited about the potential of second-round pick Cheick Diallo, a raw second-rounder. "He's an energy guy who plays extremely, extremely hard. I think he'll be a fan favorite. He'll do it in practice, he'll do it in the games, he's gonna play extremely hard and he's a guy that can get up and down the court." As far as his position? "I just think he's a basketball player."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Buddy Hield on what he brings to New Orleans: "Just a great teammate. A guy that can spread the floor for guys like Anthony. He's so special the way that he does things, the way he can play both ways, score the ball in a variety of ways -- pick-and-pop, face-up, post-up. So just spreading the floor and making life easier for Anthony on the court."

USA Basketball 2016: Team roster

Coach K is ready to go for a third-straight Gold in Rio, but which players are in and which players are out for Team USA? Stacked Roster

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaylen Brown is going to win over fans fast in Boston. Three of his more noteworthy quotes from Friday's introductory press conference:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's why Derrick Rose changed his number from 1 to 25, the number he wore as a high school star in Chicago: "I'm playing in New York but I'm bringing something from Chicago with me out here. That's one of the reasons I chose No. 25." Rose wore No. 25 as a high school player at Chicago powerhouse Simeon Career Academy. The number was also worn at Simeon by Ben Wilson, the late Chicago prep star.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Undefeated's Marc Spears tweeted on draft night that while Rajon Rondo is open to staying in Sacramento he also had interest in Brooklyn. The NBA is a point guard's league, and the rebuilding Nets are in desperate need of one.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Your newest Pelicans.

New day, new number for D-Rose

Derrick Rose hopes to regain his rhythm and bring a little bit of Chicago to the Knicks by changing his jersey number to 25.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose on Kristaps Porzingis: "That's somebody I would die to play with and now I got two of those guys (in KP & Carmelo)."