Russell Westbrook a basketball machine

In Russell Westbrook and the Thunder's first game post-Kevin Durant, they face a Sixers team that's without No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons.

Are you ready for the NBA? (1:01)
Stephen A. isn't counting Warriors out yet, unlike Barkley (1:36)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
Did the Cavs' victory over Knicks prove they're the best? (0:48)
Preview: Lakers first game without Kobe Bryant (2:26)
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These Warriors have some imperfections

The Warriors looked all right when their "Big 4" was on the court, but the results were disastrous when any one of them was out of the game.

LeBron had himself a little dunk contest against the Knicks (1:29)

NBA season preview for 2016-17

After a record 73 wins, the Warriors could only watch as LeBron James and the Cavs staged an epic Finals comeback, ending a 52-year Cleveland title drought. So what has changed? Kevin Durant.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The kicks Mike Conley is wearing in his first game with the Jordan brand:

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Embiid going through warm ups with these adidas kicks tonight.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

When will Chandler Parsons make his Memphis debut? "God, I hope soon because when he does practice, it looks pretty good," coach Davd Fizdale said. "I'm thinking in the next week or two that he'll be ready to go, but there's no definite timeline."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Harrison and James Ennis will start for the Grizzlies with Tony Allen and Chandler Parsons sidelined by knee injuries.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown on Joel Embiid finally making his long-anticipated Sixers debut: "There are times I get emotional watching him walk out here... and it's opening night and Joel Embiid is here... to see him arrive, I'm so proud of him."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Brett Brown says Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard for the Sixers tonight.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Kelly Olynyk visited his shoulder surgeon this week but, "He's still probably a couple of weeks away" from game action. Olynyk will ramp up his 5-on-5 work in practice with the goal of eliminating shoulder fatigue.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook arriving for the season opener in Philadelphia. Talked to a coach who said last night: "Westbrook is going to try to destroy everyone like Kobe (this season)."


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Green-out in Boston: Let's Go Celtics T-shirts on each seat at TD Garden.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks legends John Starks, Bernard King and Larry Johnson, along with MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow, hosted 8 children at the top of the Empire State Building earlier today via the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

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Dennis Schroder's deal with Atlanta is guaranteed for $62 million over the next four seasons, league sources say. Annual average of $15.5M

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Cover of the Pelicans' new media guide: