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Projecting Mudiay, Gallinari and the Nuggets

How will Emmanuel Mudiay, Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets do in 2016-17? Check out our player scouting reports and projections.

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Stephen A. applauds LeBron's activism (2:50)
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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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27mBrian 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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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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Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

Cowboys OL La'El Collins is seeking 2nd opinion from foot specialist Dr. David Porter, based in Indy. Known for work with #NBA players.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

It remains to be seen if Celtics can live to to lofty expectations this season, but their hair game should rank near top of the league.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford: "I'm not sure about [being the missing piece], but I know that I'm gonna help our team be better."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp and his surgically-repaired shoulder will be reevaluated in mid-October to judge the next step in his recovery. Said Olynyk: "It's day-to-day, week-to-week, see you how you feel, testing the strength, testing the limits and go from there."

espnW @espnW

The woman in the Derrick Rose case has asked the court to reconsider its ruling to reveal her name in open court. es.pn/2dxWdcw

ESPN @espn

"To be quite frank with you, I don't want to win 74 games." Draymond Green says the goal is a title, not wins: es.pn/2dxX2lL

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Protesters, no vandals, did this here in Charlotte last week.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder on possible NBA protests: "I think us, as athletes, we have to take advantage of the stage we're on. We're at a high level, we're held on a high level, we have a platform to shed light on a situation in a positive way, try to make positive out of it. You can't fix negative problems with negative energy. I don't want to do anything negative, I want to do something positive to shed light on the situation."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens on talking to his players about national anthem protests in other sports: "We have sat down as a team and discussed and talked about it, and I think the biggest thing is that we all really value the freedoms that we have, and we certainly support individual freedom. It's been great to engage in those discussions, it's been really fun for me to hear about how excited our guys are about using their platforms to promote good things."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on Paul Pierce announcing this will be his final season: "I think Paul could play for a few more years, so I'll believe [he's retiring] when I see it. … The thing that stands out more to me than anything about Paul -- after all the great shots and great plays and everything else he did here -- was just watching him, sitting right outside my office, seeing him come in at midnight and work on his game, work on his conditioning. He really loved the game."

Dick Vitale @DickieV

Hey the debate I want is The General Robert Montgomery Knight /Trump guy) vs @mcuban (a Hillary guy also a Hoosier /I will be the moderator

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher will join Spectrum SportsNet as a game day studio analyst for Lakers coverage this season, the network announced Monday. Fisher, who played 12 1/2 seasons and won five championships with the Lakers, will make about 20 appearances this season.