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45mNick Metallinos

Simmons' injury threatens to derail promising Philadelphia core

Ben Simmons was drafted to be the new face of the Philadelphia 76ers, and while it's still too early to assess the ramifications of his absence, his injury threatens to derail a promising core.

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Stephen A.: Sixers fans lose only reason to cheer (2:06)
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2dBen 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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4dBrian 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 The Undefeated 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf met for over an hour in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, a source told The Undefeated. Among the topics they spoke about was their protests, how they believe they've been misunderstood and the difference between Kaepernick having social media now versus Abdul-Rauf wishing he had it 20 years ago. Abdul-Rauf, 47, protested the national anthem while playing for the Denver Nuggets in 1996 and was suspended one game by the NBA.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose working on the corner three after the Knicks' final training camp practice:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

West Point men's and women's basketball teams are watching the Knicks' final training camp practice today.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like the rookie initiation process has already begun for Pelicans guard Buddy Hield.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said all Pelicans players intend to stand for the national anthem at tonight's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks at Bossier City, Louisiana,

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut, Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams and Devin Harris will not travel with the Mavs for their first preseason game. Those veterans will remain in Dallas and work out at the team facility, coach Rick Carlisle said.

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Ben Simmons was drafted to be the new face of the 76ers. How his injury could derail the team's plans to rebuild: es.pn/2dk4qyB

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose working on his shot with Knicks coaches after practice on Friday.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says forward Maurice Ndour has done a nice job helping on defense and finishing around the basket: "He's that guy that provides activity. I really like the way he moves without the ball, cuts to the basket. He rolls and catches. That's really what we want with him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says he doesn't want the Knicks to shy away from mid-range shots – as long as they are quality attempts: "We have shooters who, if they get an open 16, 18-foot look, they'll shoot 60 percent. It's just the fact that I think a lot of guys take bad mid-range shots."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Donatas Motiejunas' $4.4 million qualifying offer from the Rockets expires at midnight Sunday. His agent, B.J. Armstrong, told ESPN he gave the Rockets a Saturday deadline to work out a deal for him.

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ICYMI: 76ers rookie forward and No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons fractured a bone in his right foot. es.pn/2det1Wk

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest takeaway from the Boston Celtics' intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night at TD Garden: Terry Rozier lived up to all the training camp hype suggesting that he's been the most impressive player in practices. The second-year guard, who many thought the Celtics reached for at No. 16 in the 2015 draft, looked poised, confident, and ready to elevate to a rotation role this season.