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4hBen Alamar

Data helping NBA players redefine meaning of athleticism

When it comes to NBA players, motion-capture technology isn't just for video games. The P3 Applied Sports Science group is using data to determine how players can utilize specific athletic gifts.

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Durant and Thompson drain jumpers for 75 seconds without missing (1:15)
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Kerr starting from scratch with roster overhaul (1:54)
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Doubters need to keep watching Cavs' game 7 win (2:12)
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10hChris Forsberg

Marcus Smart could be the Celtics' X factor

Marcus Smart has shown glimpses of his potential. If the Celtics are to take a big step forward this year, Smart needs to make a leap of his own.

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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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2dDave McMenamin

Veteran Cavs don't view age as a problem

Age is just a number to the Cavs, who may have the oldest roster in the NBA but still have youth on their side when it comes to their top-end talent.

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2dEthan Sherwood Strauss

Why Warriors want to win -- but not too much

Despite an unprecedented collection of talent, the Warriors are managing expectations and say another NBA single-season wins record is not the goal.

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Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
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Can VR fix Andre Drummond's foul shooting? (2:14)
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2dBrian Windhorst

The melancholy end to the Big Three era in Miami

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh turned Miami into the center of the basketball universe. Six years later, the book on the Big Three closes just as abruptly and surprisingly as it opened.

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Marc J. Spears

Warriors say country overlooking Kaepernick's message

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and others in Golden State understand Colin Kaepernick's protest and are considering "a unified gesture or stance" to bring more attention to social justice issues.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Paul Pierce says he isn't planning a farewell tour, but he's willing to accept retirement gifts from opposing teams.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett (with the towel wrapped around his head) coaching the Clippers' rookie big men, Brice Johnson and Diamond Stone, at the team's third day of training camp at UC Irvine.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

McDermott on what Dwyane Wade gave him for his number. Wade is wearing his customary #3 -- McDermott is now wearing #11. "He still hasn't given me anything," McDermott said. "He told me he's going to give me a lot of open shots. So that's the trade-off."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott, on if it has been strange coming to work and not seeing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah: "It's weird," McDermott said after Thursday's practice. "It still doesn't quite feel real. But I think it's for the better. Not saying anything bad about those guys, obviously they meant a lot to this organization and helped me a lot. But I think we just needed a new vibe and I think we got it with these guys. And I just feel like everyone is -- the vibe is different. It's a much better better vibe. Obviously, wish those guys the best in New York."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott, on if coach Fred Hoiberg has treated players differently in his second season: "He's been much more demanding on us. He's really vocal out there and I've noticed a difference for sure. Obviously, he's real hard on himself about last year, as we are too. We don't want that to happen again so we're going to do everything we can right off the bat to try and fix it."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics practice glimpse: Rookie Jaylen Brown with a couple buckets in 3-on-3 drills.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on Al Horford: "It's so crazy to have a guy like that on the team that -- we shot together a couple days ago and he was just like, ‘Man, I'm here to make things easier for you. So just let me know what you need.' That's just wonderful, especially a guy that has that much talent. My job is just making things easier for others and he's making it easier for me already."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's video of a Derrick Rose mid range jumper from a feed from Joakim Noah:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's video of the Chasson Randle steal off of Derrick Rose, which led to a Maurice Ndour finish on the other end to win a scrimmage today.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine said he's been playing mostly on the wings in practice, a little at point. About "70/30" he said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those interested, here's a look at the shoes Derrick Rose wore during practice today:

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets signing of P.J. Hairston doesn't mean the team is close to signing restricted free agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas. According to a source, two sides haven't talked extensively in a month.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love working out with Cavs player development coach Phil Handy and Canton Charge assistant Melvin Ely.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue says he has invited Kevin Garnett, a good friend of his, to join the Cavs coaching staff. KG will be a guest of his at ring night.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets signed forward PJ Hairston to a non guaranteed contract on Thursday according to a source. If Hairston doesn't make the 15-man roster the Rockets will retain his D-League rights. Last season for Memphis, Hairston averaged 6.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.