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Nothing but the top of the backboard

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, hitting the top of the backboard. His second, the bottom of the net.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Final from Lakers' preseason opener here in Hawaii: Jazz 90, Lakers 71. Kobe Bryant scores 5 points on 1-5 shooting in 12 minutes, his first action in nearly nine months.

Bosh makes long-awaited return

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. 'I've only gained'

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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."


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting five vs Jazz, according to coach Byron Scott: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert.

Celebrating with D-Rose's Soaring Slams

In honor of the Bulls point guard's 27th birthday, take a look back at some of the most eye-popping dunks of his career.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Iguodala and several of the Golden State Warriors are here.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Magic Johnson is on the field before Packers-49ers.

LeBron: Thompson situation a distraction

James on Tristan Thompson's contract standoff with the Cavs: "The last thing you need is a distraction when you're trying to make a championship run and we have that." Thompson is currently holding out.

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Thomas: 'I can't own up to things I didn't do'

New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas continues to deny wrongdoing in a 2007 sexual harassment case. Thomas tells ESPN's Hannah Storm in a SportsCenter interview that the allegations "just didn't happen," contradicting the verdict of a jury in a civil suit. Story

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Kidd-Gilchrist dislocates shoulder

Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the team's preseason game against the magic Saturday. X-rays were negative, but he has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat.

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Kobe Bryant: 'I'm definitely playing'

Lakers coach Byron Scott said earlier this week that he wasn't sure if Kobe Bryant would play in the team's preseason opener, but the superstar has other ideas. "I feel great," Bryant said. "It's just getting the sea legs under me. Getting up and down. ... I'm feeling in great shape. I feel strong, feel healthy."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers' last scheduled two-a-day of practice during training camp. Marcelo Huertas (hamstring) and Larry Nance Jr (back spasms) sidelined today and Nance is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Utah, the Lakers say. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace are practicing today.

Davis dealing with ankle issue

Anthony Davis has a sprained left ankle, but is listed as probable for the Pelicans' preseason opener tonight against the Pacers. Davis has missed 47 games in his 3 seasons in the NBA.

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Rose expected to rejoin Bulls Wednesday

The PG is recovering from a fractured left orbital, and coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice today: "[The doctors have] advised him to continue to let that sight heal and they think the best way to do that is for him to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back Wednesday morning."

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs are back at it after taking a day off.

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Clippers announce that, after one exhibition game, they've waived former lottery pick Nikoloz Tskitishvili

ICYMI: CP3 & Jordan up to old tricks

The first NBA preseason game of the year offered us a highlight that we may see a few more times this year: Chris Paul finding DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop.