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Inside the rise and new challenges of LeBron's offensive powers

Kirk Goldsberry goes inside LeBron's journey to offensive greatness and what it means for this new test with the Lakers.

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LeBron and the Lakers' debut: Predictions and expert analysis

We've got you covered before, during and after the Lakers' opener in Portland.

LeBron flashes back to 2003 for his first Lakers kicks

Nike debuted the LeBron line in 2003 by putting "King James" on a poster surrounded by lions. That image serves as the inspiration for his sneakers tonight.

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Welcome to the 6

Kawhi wins in Toronto debut

Kawhi introduced in Toronto to cheering fans

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Kawhi notches double-double in debut with Raptors

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Why the Sixers believe Embiid, Simmons and Fultz are enough

With an unproven point guard, inexperienced GM and two completely different young superstars, how will the post-Process Sixers repay the trust?

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Embiid: 'I do whatever it takes to win'

Joel Embiid talks to Rachel Nichols about balancing his confidence and being humble before the start of the 2018-19 season.

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Who built it better: the Celtics or Sixers?

Are the Sixers or Celtics on the better path to sustained success? Jackie MacMullan and Brian Windhorst debate their journeys to East powerhouse status.

First buckets for the rookies

Ayton backs down Doncic for first points

Deandre Ayton backs his way towards the basket for a layup and the foul for his first career points in the NBA.

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Bagley records his first career basket

Marvin Bagley III scores his first career basket with the sweet turnaround hook shot.

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Jackson scores his first NBA bucket

Jaren Jackson Jr. gets an easy layup to record his first bucket with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Young flips up first basket

Trae Young gets into the lane and hits a one-handed shot.

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Doncic eases to basket for first points

Wesley Matthews passes the ball to Luka Doncic, who drops in an easy layup for his first career NBA points.

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Bamba drives past Olynyk for first NBA points

Mo Bamba uses a nice jab step to create space on a drive against Kelly Olynyk and scores off glass.

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Since Anthony Davis decided to 'be Westbrook' the Pelicans are on a new level

Anthony Davis promises to dominate every night in a season that could shape the Pelicans for years to come.

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Davis dominates in Houston

Anthony Davis has all facets of his game working, scoring 32 points, collecting 16 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists in the Pelicans' win over the Rockets.

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Payton feeds Davis on the alley-oop

Elfrid Payton tosses a pass up to Anthony Davis, who finishes with a two-handed dunk.

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Melo on coming off the bench: 'Challenging mentally'

Carmelo Anthony addresses coming off the bench and how he is going to adjust.

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Mirotic on fire from beyond the arc

Nikola Mirotic turns it up against the Rockets as he scores 30 points and goes 6-for-8 from 3-point land.

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Davis finishes alley-oop with ease

Elfrid Payton drives downcourt and lobs a pass up to Anthony Davis, who finishes with the two-handed flush.

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Mirotic makes a nice cut for the score

Jrue Holiday passes the ball to Nikola Mirotic, who makes a nice cut to the basket and sinks a layup.

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Davis' dime leads to Holiday layup

Anthony Davis bounces a pass behind his back to Jrue Holiday, who finishes with a layup.

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Davis drives to float in and-1

Anthony Davis dribbles towards the bucket and floats one in while drawing a foul.

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Carmelo connects on first two shots as a Rocket

Carmelo Anthony pulls up and knocks down a midrange jumper and then a 3-pointer on the next possession for his first points as a Rocket.

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Capela throws it down after pass from Harden

James Harden lobs a pass up to Clint Capela, who finishes with a powerful one-handed jam.

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Curry drops easy 32 points in opener

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