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5hEthan 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.

Kerr starting from scratch with roster overhaul (1:54)
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5hDave 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.

LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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8hBrian 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.

LeBron 'stands behind his brother' Bosh (0:39)
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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.

Popovich: Our country's civility and discourse is 'in the gutter' (0:54)
Stephen A. applauds LeBron's activism (2:50)
Noel concerned with 76ers' front court logjam (0:29)
Le Batard says something bad happened between Bosh and Heat (3:02)
Heat getting closure after 'impossible situation' with Bosh (1:52)
Curry opens up about Charlotte protests (2:03)
Embiid confident he'll have 'long and successful' career (0:24)
Durant looking to leave imprint on Warriors (0:33)


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony explained why he feels more excited entering camp this season than he has in a long time: "Kind of just knowing the excitement that's surrounding what we can create here, the guys that are on the team, the excitement that everybody else has from talking to them throughout the offseason."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose spent time at the end of practice on Tuesday working on his 3-point shot. He expects to get many open attempts from beyond the arc while playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony. "That's going to be part of my job," said Rose, who is a career 30 percent shooter from deep.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To say Derrick Rose is looking forward to pushing the pace with Kristaps Porzingis on the floor is an understatement. "I'm going to make him run.... He's young. He's 21. Yeah, man. KP, he's going to have to run," Rose said. A big theme so far for the Knicks has been to push the pace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said he feels 'like a rookie' right now as he gets used to new surroundings in NY. "Just trying to learn everybody," he said. The Knicks hope Rose is a quick study. Management and coaches have said it takes some time to learn the triangle offense, parts of which Jeff Hornacek will run.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers first-year coach Luke Walton's evaluation after his first practice with the team at camp in warmer-than-usual Santa Barbara: "It was obviously a little sloppy at times, but it's day one with putting a lot of new stuff in. A big emphasis on defense today, but guys gave a great effort. They worked hard. It was a hot gym. I think we got some good stuff in."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram said he was "very excited" for his first practice Monday, and he received praise from coach Luke Walton: "You can tell he's been coached and he's been parented correctly...He's an incredible person. He competes but he does what you ask of him. He hasn't complained once since he's been here all summer. He's a phenomenal guy."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said he didn't mean to slight Chicago when he said recently that he gets more 'love' in NY than CHI: "In Chicago, I think they just got used to seeing me.... That's no knock against them. I can't get mad at them.... All I can do is just work on my game & hope that they continue to look."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes on his limited Team USA role: "It was one of those situations where you have to sacrifice. Obviously when you make the Olympic team, you want to show what you can do on the world's biggest stage. At the same time, winning gold took precedent. We didn't want to be the team that either lost the win streak or didn't come home with the gold. Those are the things that we as a team said we were going to put everything to the side and focus on that, and we came through."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

What was the Cavs' focus for Day 1 of camp? Ty Lue: "Defensively just trying to get our stuff back that we were working on last year. Just started off with a lot of defense today, having a defensive mindset of this is how we're going to win a championship."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry when asked if he's optimistic about re-signing w/Golden State in 2017 free agency: "Uh, yes. .... I want to be here. That's it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves have hired Scott Roth, who tutored Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez in Europe, as a pro scout. Roth, who coached Porzingis and Hernangomez in Spain, is well know and respected overseas. He also coached 11 seasons in the NBA and on four national teams. Seems like a great add to the Timberwolves' Pro Scouting department.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry: "I want to be back here. I like playing here. And that's it."