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Father Time catches up with Vince Carter

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.


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.


Khris Middleton jams on 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.


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.

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.


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.


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D’Angelo Russell hit the deck after fouling Rudy Gobert as Gobert drove to the bucket. Russell now heading to Lakers’ locker room.

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D'Angelo Russell landed hard on his back after contesting Gobert's shot. Lakers call timeout to attend to him.

Butler's 23 leads Bulls to preseason win

Jimmy Butler got posterized by Khris Middleton, but the Bulls guard got his revenge in the form of 23 points and six assists in a 105-95 preseason victory over the Bucks.


Porter, Wizards dominate 76ers

Rookie center Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points and recorded two blocks, but the 76ers fell 129-75 to the Wizards. Otto Porter scored 22 points and Bradley Beal had 19 to lead Washington.


Rewind: Jordan announces retirement

On Oct. 6, 1993, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his first retirement from the game of basketball.


Harden declares he's best player in NBA

"I am the best player in the league," James Harden declared before he scored 11 points in Houston's preseason loss to Memphis. "I believe that ... I thought I was last year too."


Kidd-Gilchrist has surgery, out 6 months

Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had surgery on a torn labrum on his right shoulder suffered Saturday. Typical recovery for this surgery is 6 months. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds last season.

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Scott: I can't see Kobe playing elsewhere

"I can't see it. I mean I can't see it. I really can't," Lakers head coach Byron Scott told USA Today Sports. "I think just like Magic Johnson, even MJ [Michael Jordan], who went to Washington [after two years out of the game at the age of 37], but still when you think of MJ you think of the Chicago Bulls. When I think of Kobe, I don't care what happens, I think everybody will always think of him as a Laker and one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Same Lakers starting five for Lakers-Jazz exhibition game here in Honolulu: D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle & Roy Hibbert. Lakers coach Byron Scott said Bryant's minutes will increase, ranging from 12-20.

Blazers building around Lillard

ESPN's Darren Haynes and Kevin Pelton examine how PG Damian Lillard will benefit from the Blazers' offseason additions and if Portland will make the playoffs.


Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lawson will start at point guard tonight for the Rockets in preseason opener at Memphis over Patrick Beverley.

Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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Half-court jumper for $30K? No problem

A military member had to have felt good about Cavs G J.R. Smith's taking a half-court shot to win $30K. But when Smith pulled up for a jumper without a running start?


Richmond joins Mullin's staff at St. John's

Two-thirds of the Warriors' Run TMC crew of the early '90s is now together at St. John's as Mitch Richmond has joined Chris Mullin's staff as a special assistant. Richmond has spent the past couple of seasons in the Kings' front office.

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Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics defeat Milano 124-91 in exhibition opener overseas. Quick postgame 3-pointer: * David Lee starts and thrives in point forward role. 13 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl, +22 in 21:24. * Isaiah Thomas picks up right where he left off: team-high 18 points in 21 minutes off bench (adds 4 ast, 3 stl) * C’s shoot 56.1%, put 5 players in double figures, 31 assists on 46 field goals.