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Kyle Lowry hopes to channel gold into Raptors success

Kyle Lowry had the best summer of his basketball career, winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA, and feels he's ready to push his Raptors deeper into the playoffs.

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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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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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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.

LeBron 'stands behind his brother' Bosh (0:39)
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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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Stephen Curry was asked whether he's optimistic he will re-sign with GSW next offseason. His response: "Yes. Yes." es.pn/2cU0fbi

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said he and other players appreciated Jeff Hornacek's approach to the offseason: "He made himself visible to us in the offseason, open to talk, wanting to learn from us, wanting to learn about us as players and visa versa."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony was impressed with Jeff Hornacek on the first day of training camp. "I thought he took control of the court out there. He made his voice very clear. It was loud and clear. He told us what he wanted from us, what he expects from us. And I thought guys responded well to that."

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Derrick Rose hopes to energize the crowd at MSG this season. "When you think about New York, you think about some of the older teams they had. So we're just trying to rejuvenate the city and bring that excitement back. The fans come to the game already. But just bring that excitement back."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Interesting thought from Carmelo Anthony on how some ascribe leadership qualities to players: "When you win, people automatically give you leadership qualities. When you lose they automatically say you don't have leadership qualities. We want to change that this year."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony explained why he feels more excited entering camp this season than he has in a long time: "Kind of just knowing the excitement that's surrounding what we can create here, the guys that are on the team, the excitement that everybody else has from talking to them throughout the offseason."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose spent time at the end of practice on Tuesday working on his 3-point shot. He expects to get many open attempts from beyond the arc while playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony. "That's going to be part of my job," said Rose, who is a career 30 percent shooter from deep.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

To say Derrick Rose is looking forward to pushing the pace with Kristaps Porzingis on the floor is an understatement. "I'm going to make him run.... He's young. He's 21. Yeah, man. KP, he's going to have to run," Rose said. A big theme so far for the Knicks has been to push the pace.

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Derrick Rose said he feels 'like a rookie' right now as he gets used to new surroundings in NY. "Just trying to learn everybody," he said. The Knicks hope Rose is a quick study. Management and coaches have said it takes some time to learn the triangle offense, parts of which Jeff Hornacek will run.