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Al Horford: Boston Celtics can 'win a championship'

Al Horford is feeling comfortable in his new home, and as the Celtics' free-agent prize, he's ready to help Boston take the next step in the East.

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LeBron looks ahead to final stage of career (0:36)
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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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23hEthan 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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Curry schools teammate in practice (0:15)
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Kerr starting from scratch with roster overhaul (1:54)
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Can VR fix Andre Drummond's foul shooting? (2:14)
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1dBrian 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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Wall says he 'feels great' (0:21)
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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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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue on the addition of Mike Dunleavy: "Over the last two years I think is shooting 52 percent on open shots ... Defensively he's always in the right spots. I talked to Thibs about him. He's an underrated defender because he's a great team defender."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Two random facts on Cavs rookie Kay Felder for you: he is cousins with former NBA great/current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith and his coaching staff from Oakland University observed Cavs practice on Wednesday.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rondo on KG retiring: "He's one of the best that's ever played the game. He's hanging his hat up and he's had a hell of a career and I wish him the best in whatever he's doing next."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwayne Wade noted that one of the players who has stuck out to him most early on is -- Doug McDermott.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron on his role this year: "I'm going to do a little bit of everything. That's my job description. It says, 'LeBron James: Do Everything - Akron - St. Vincent-St. Mary.' It hasn't changed."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade says he wants to be introduced before games as being from: "Chicago, Illinois."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis was asked about criticisms that he didn't give enough effort at times on the defensive end. His response: "I looked at it a little bit. I think I could have played harder. But like I said, that's last year. I don't even want to talk about last year. All of that's irrelevant right now. I'm focused on this year. … When you have guys out there pushing, who want to win with you, it changes your whole mindset for the game, especially during games. Like I said, we have guys who play hard. Coach hasn't had to stop anyone about playing hard, or come to anyone and talk to them about playing hard. It's all ‘Let's figure out the offensive end, let's figure out the defensive scheme.' That was last year. People say I could have did this, that and the other thing. Do I agree? Sometimes. Maybe. I'm just focused on what I can do this year to make us better."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Geno Auriemma is in the house. The Spurs like to bring in folks all the time for visits.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis says playing hard and effort were what led to the Pelicans finishing 28th in defense last season. "Everybody is talking, everybody is playing hard," said about the difference about this year's defense. "Coach hasn't had to stop practice yet for effort or working hard or playing hard. That was the big issue for us last year. I think we've had five practices, or six. He probably stopped us two minutes and was like, ‘All right, let's pick it up a little bit.' And that was it. And that all leads to defense. You're just playing hard. You're going to make mistakes. Just by playing hard you're able to cut down some of those mistakes."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Seth Curry led the Mavs with 15 points during the team's open scrimmage. "He's going to be a factor for us," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said he missed the past couple of days due to the birth of his daughter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose shooting around after the second day of Knicks training camp:

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry says he's not set on starting a traditional center next to Anthony Davis each game this season. Could see AD start at the 5, depending on matchups, per Gentry.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

After consulting the wise @LarryCoon, @espn's new latest estimate for the Steph Curry max next summer is a five-year, $165 million deal.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron with the covered up look at practice. CLE will have its first of three two-a-days of training camp today.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

It's the preseason, but the Knicks are already in midseason form when it comes to complaining about calls. Plenty of chirping at refs in their scrimmage today.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rosters for Mavs' open scrimmage today:

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs rookie Kay Felder going through the same passing drills that old Cleveland backup PG Matthew Dellavedova used to do.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Porzingis and Carmelo's side beat Rose and Noah's team in a scrimmage that was clinched by two Porzingis free throws (after fouls drawn by Porzingis, who was guarded by Maurice Ndour). Derrick Rose wasn't happy about losing the game on free throws.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a look at the Knicks scrimmaging. Rose, Noah & Lee are in one side. Porzingis & Melo are on the other: