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Champion Cavs edge Warriors in season's first NBA Power Rankings

As teams finalize their rosters and prepare to head into training camp, Marc Stein sizes up the league in his preseason NBA Power Rankings.

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NBA to crack down on groin hits this season

NBA referees will be cracking down this season on the kind of hits to the groin area that resulted in Draymond Green's suspension during the NBA Finals.

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Scheduled to sit: The NBA and the rise of 'DNP-Rest'

Teams used to disguise it. The Spurs were even fined for it. Now rest during the season has increasingly become a part of smart player management. "DNP-Rest" has gone from silly to savvy.

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Hawks in attendance for McCoughtry's big night

Dwight Howard and other members of the Hawks sat courtside for the Dream's first-round playoff win over Seattle. Angel McCoughtry brought them to their feet.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lastly, Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on working with younger players and what he believes today's game is lacking: "The fact that I was able to help guys progress, I've helped guys become men. I've helped guys communicate and taught them how to communicate to others [who] didn't necessarily understand [them]. I think our game is lacking a bit of that. We seek approval from each other by being friends and guys work out together. If that's the times, that's the times. But true competition comes in, ‘There's a winner, and there's a loser.' And I don't know anybody who wants to be a loser, who's calling themselves a wimp…I'm not saying you've got to hate a guy, but if you do, I understand when you're between the lines. And 'hate' is a very strong word, so I would use the word 'dislike.' I get it. To me, that's alpha. That's leadership. A leader is going to show more in his actions versus his words."

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Kevin Love getting the crowd up at the Rose Bowl

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy and what he wanted to instill in his teammates: "I'll be honest, I'm old school, man. We're out here to beat these guys. We're not out here to be their friends. We're not out here to make any friends. Ain't no friends out here. I've played against two of my best friends in the world in that being Chauncey Billups and Tyron Lue. It don't get no more closer than that. And I'm out here trying to bust they a-- like they trying to bust mine. So coming in, we instill something, whether it's the coach [or me] and that's to compete and be the best. And being the best, that means you wasn't going to be liked by everybody and you wasn't going to be friends with everybody…If ain't nobody feeling that, then you know what? Be yourself. But this is how we're going to win…We didn't make any friends. You can be his friend after we're done…"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Garnett to me in 2014 on his philosophy: "My makeup is to be competitive and to win. If you're not stepping on, then you're the one being stepped on…I'm an alpha. I'm an alpha, man. I like to think that the game is to be dominated. There wasn't any room for anything else. I'm playing with young guys who are super younger than me and more athletic, faster, however, whatever. But I have to set an alpha-ness about the whole thing and instill leadership and all these other things. Like I said earlier, sometimes you would buck and you'd butt heads. But the younger generation, I think they look for a lot more approval from their peers and satisfaction and the comments that people make and [from] articles. Look here, man, if you work on your game and you get better, then you're going to be better, which hopefully means that you're going to play better and have confidence to do things better. And when you're better, all things change people's perception. When it comes to being a better person and how you treat people, that's on you. But when it comes to the game, you don't need to get anybody's approval. You just need to work on your game, work your ass off, stay true to your craft, perfect and try to perfect as much of the things that you do well. Try to perfect those. But the things you don't do well, work on them even more."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis on rookie Buddy Hield's first official NBA practice: "He did good. There were times where Buddy did rookie mistakes. It happens. And as a leader, my job is to correct him, or if he's moving too fast tell him to slow down, show him what we're looking for in the offense or the defense. But he's a great listener. You tell him to do something, he might forget to do something else because he's trying to do what you told him to do. But that's always good. I'm happy that he's here. He's always willing to learn and work hard."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said he feels great after participating in virtually every part of the Pelicans' first practice. Davis, who had an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee, said he only didn't do some conditioning toward the end.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Pat Beverley said it was a good first practice for the team.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Rockets observations after first day of training camp on Saturday: Coach Mike D'Antoni said starting point guard Pat Beverley will miss the afternoon session and probably Sunday with cuts on his feet. Beverley said he's trying to lose five pounds during camp. He's currently 198 pounds. The plan is to have carbs in the morning and eat more fish and chicken afterward. Last year's first round pick, Sam Dekker, who missed the majority of last season recovering from back surgery, said "best I've ever felt in my life." Dekker has been working at small forward and shooting guard.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets celebrate 50 years with a new court. Here's part of the court.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis didn't participate in the first practice today at Toyota Center. He's expected to practice in the second session on Saturday.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Quinn Cook for training camp. The former Duke guard wasn't at media day on Friday but he's with the team on the first day of camp,

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