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Champion Cavs edge Warriors in season's first NBA Power Rankings

As teams finalize their rosters and prepare to head into training camp, Marc Stein sizes up the league in his preseason NBA Power Rankings.

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NBA to crack down on groin hits this season

NBA referees will be cracking down this season on the kind of hits to the groin area that resulted in Draymond Green's suspension during the NBA Finals.

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Scheduled to sit: The NBA and the rise of 'DNP-Rest'

Teams used to disguise it. The Spurs were even fined for it. Now rest during the season has increasingly become a part of smart player management. "DNP-Rest" has gone from silly to savvy.

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Hawks in attendance for McCoughtry's big night

Dwight Howard and other members of the Hawks sat courtside for the Dream's first-round playoff win over Seattle. Angel McCoughtry brought them to their feet.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis on rookie Buddy Hield's first official NBA practice: "He did good. There were times where Buddy did rookie mistakes. It happens. And as a leader, my job is to correct him, or if he's moving too fast tell him to slow down, show him what we're looking for in the offense or the defense. But he's a great listener. You tell him to do something, he might forget to do something else because he's trying to do what you told him to do. But that's always good. I'm happy that he's here. He's always willing to learn and work hard."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said he feels great after participating in virtually every part of the Pelicans' first practice. Davis, who had an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee, said he only didn't do some conditioning toward the end.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets guard Pat Beverley said it was a good first practice for the team.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Rockets observations after first day of training camp on Saturday: Coach Mike D'Antoni said starting point guard Pat Beverley will miss the afternoon session and probably Sunday with cuts on his feet. Beverley said he's trying to lose five pounds during camp. He's currently 198 pounds. The plan is to have carbs in the morning and eat more fish and chicken afterward. Last year's first round pick, Sam Dekker, who missed the majority of last season recovering from back surgery, said "best I've ever felt in my life." Dekker has been working at small forward and shooting guard.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets celebrate 50 years with a new court. Here's part of the court.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis didn't participate in the first practice today at Toyota Center. He's expected to practice in the second session on Saturday.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Quinn Cook for training camp. The former Duke guard wasn't at media day on Friday but he's with the team on the first day of camp,

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"You always find a place for a guy like that." Doc Rivers says he was willing to bring KG to the Clippers: es.pn/2d7xg5x

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Don't know if an NBA superstar ever practiced harder or set tone better than KG. First in every drill and made "competing" a skill.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson didn't seem bothered by Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's assertion that Joakim Noah is no longer a top player. "I do see that he is getting (older), things are going to fall off a little bit for him but I don't think that is going to keep him from being a competitor," Jackson said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson knows he took on a lot of risk by acquiring players with injury histories this summer. His motivation was simple: to build a winning team. "In our situation (it) is definitely worth the risk. We have had two seasons that have not been successful and we needed to move forward and win."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek is pretty optimistic about the future health of his club. "First of all, I don't think we're going to have injuries. I don't think we're ever going to talk about it," he said Friday. Derrick Rose's knee issues have been well documented. But neither he nor any other Knick will enter the season on minutes restrictions, GM Steve Mills said.