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3hDave 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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3hEthan 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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6hBrian 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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Popovich: Our country's civility and discourse is 'in the gutter' (0:54)
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Noel concerned with 76ers' front court logjam (0:29)
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Le Batard says something bad happened between Bosh and Heat (3:02)
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Heat getting closure after 'impossible situation' with Bosh (1:52)
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Curry opens up about Charlotte protests (2:03)
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Embiid confident he'll have 'long and successful' career (0:24)
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Durant looking to leave imprint on Warriors (0:33)
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With NBA stars retiring, the Truth and Vinsanity still dunking like its 1995 (1:03)
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Does Paul Pierce deserve a farewell tour? (0:32)

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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."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry on whether he's optimistic about coming back to the Bay in free agency: "Yes."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

KD was asked about trash talk during Team USA, said there wasn't any. "We rarely talk about basketball"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

KD on his day: "I hit a little traffic..I wasn't used to that in Oklahoma City"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Durant on fitting into the GSW system: "It's like riding a bike"

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs announced coaching staff news today: Larry Drew has been promoted to associate head coach. He will continue to run the offense along with Tyronn Lue. Damon Jones was elevated from shooting coach to assistant coach. Jim Boylan, Mike Longabardi, James Posey, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko have been retained. Mike Gerrity was promoted to director of player development for the Canton Charge, the Cavs' D-League affiliate. Dan Vincent has been promoted from the video department to Lue's special assistant. And Nate Reinking has been promoted to head coach of the Charge with Melvin Eli and Sam Jones being hired as his assistants.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets player developmental coach Kevin Burleson works on some dribbling techniques with some young players.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on new center Zaza Pachulia: "I think Zaza will be a coach in the NBA if he wants to go that route."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After announcing James Harden will become the full-time point guard this upcoming season, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday Patrick Beverley will remain in the starting lineup. Beverley will move from point guard to shooting guard. The Rockets like to have either a strong defender or shooter who can create alongside Harden. In some situations, Eric Gordon will pair up with Harden. But at the start of games, Harden and Beverley will be on the court. "Oh yeah Pat can play off the ball and on the ball," D'Antoni said. "He's a great defensive player there's a lot of spots he can play."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban, the Mavs' owner who has been outspoken politically during this election cycle, ruled out a presidential run in 2020. "There is no way. There is no possible way," Cuban said on 105.3 The Fan's Ben and Skin Show. "And put up with that shinola show? There is no way."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Houston Rockets have higher expectations for this upcoming season. The Westgate Sportsbook in Las Vegas had the Rockets' odds for wins at 41 ½. While not being told of what the odds are, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni embraces a high win total. "When we got (Steve) Nash (in Phoenix) they picked us, maybe to make the eighth spot and we won 62 games, so you never know," D'Antoni said of the 2004-05 season. "We're shooting for the 62. We're not shooting for the eighth spot, if that's as good as we are then that's as good as we are. I think we're better than that. You could say we're in the middle but I think we're better than that."