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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors looking up at the champs -- for now

LeBron and the Cavs retain the throne, but it may only be a matter of time until Golden State vaults to No. 1. See where all 30 teams land as the Committee readies for the 2016-17 season.

Cleveland is the hottest spot for sports (1:03)
Indians looking to match Cavaliers' title with one of their own (1:00)
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2hDarren Rovell

Shaquille O'Neal teams up with Krispy Kreme

Basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Shaquille O'Neal, a big fan of Krispy Kreme, has been named a global spokesperson for the brand.

Lakers dynasty derailed (6:58)
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19hCalvin Watkins

Rockets try to move on without Patrick Beverley

With Patrick Beverley sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Rockets will need all their players to step up their defense.

Warriors, Durant looking forward for what's to come this season (0:58)
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3dZach Lowe

The entire NBA rated by tiers

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We split up the best teams, the bottom-feeders and everything in between.

Cavs keep up championship pace in busy offseason (1:33)
Thompson fires back at anonymous staffer's 'cowards' quote (1:35)
Durant making Warriors stronger (0:52)
Stars getting settled in new places (1:54)
The Bulls have a new leader in Butler (1:38)
5dEthan Sherwood Strauss

Golden State's Draymond Green problem

In ESPN The Magazine's NBA Preview Issue, Ethan Strauss reveals how Draymond Green is the player to lead the Warriors to a dynasty -- or the man who could stand in their way.

Behold NBA stars putting defenders on posters (1:11)
Durant brings unmatched scoring prowess to Golden State (1:10)


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Derrick Rose: "I think there are going to be times when I have to tell Derrick, 'Be more aggressive.'" This was something that some coaches in Chicago said of Rose as well.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' young core of Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle were featured in GQ Magazine piece touting the NBA's next generation of stars. (Photo via GQ):

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki can't handle the toughest question in Dallas these days: Dak or Romo?


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that Kay Felder (concussion) is out for the Cavs opener. He named Iman Shumpert as the primary backup point guard against New York.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets waived forward PJ Hairston, forward Le'Bryan Nash and guard Gary Payton II. The Rockets took a cap hit of $543,471 with the release of Payton.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

Just saw a list of things that didn't exist last time the Cubs were in the World Series. Here's one that has personal resonance: The NBA.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki's longtime mentor Holger Geschwindner is here for his annual early-season visit.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Harris is "very doubtful" for the season opener due to a foot injury. Seth Curry will play a significant role for the Mavs to start the season.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Richard Jefferson will be running a scavenger hunt on his Snapchat (username: rjeff24) with a chance to win tickets for opening night. Here are the details, per a representative: "(There will be) a series of clues that will lead fans to four iconic Cleveland locations. At each stop, participants will have to take a photo or video Snap using the special location-specific Snapchat Geofilter available to prove they were there. Jefferson will provide clues to the first four locations at 5:15pm ET, and reveal the final stop on the scavenger hunt at 5:45pm ET. Jefferson will be at the final location to hand out a pair of tickets to each of the first two people who show up with a completed set of Snaps from the scavenger hunt."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Bleacher Report is auctioning off 100 pairs of these awesome custom "SagerStrong" Air Force 1s to benefit Craig Sager's Foundation

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Lance Stephenson came to Pelicans camp with only $100,000 of his minimum salary guaranteed but the Pels decided to keep him over Gee anyway.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pelicans have waived Alonzo Gee, meaning Lance Stephenson has made the final roster.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Pelicans just announced that they've waived Alonzo Gee and kept Lance Stephenson, even though Gee is owed a full $1.2 million.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans