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15hZach Lowe

The entire NBA rated by tiers

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We split up the best teams, the bottom-feeders and everything in between.

Thompson fires back at anonymous coward's quote (1:35)
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12hOhm Youngmisuk

Silver: 'My hope' that players stand for anthem

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes players will continue to stand during the playing of the national anthem, adding that the league is in a position to impact today's social climate.

Durant making Warriors stronger (0:52)
Stars getting settled in new places (1:54)
Towns is ready for the season (0:50)
Cavs keep up championship pace in busy offseason (1:33)
Durant brings unmatched scoring prowess to Golden State (1:10)
Blocks Dikembe Mutombo would be proud of (1:10)
Rachel Nichols visits Warriors to get 'The Jump' in season form (2:07)
How recognizable is Brad Stevens in Boston? (1:03)
NBA Countdown's 'Great Sports Debate' (4:02)
Jill Hudson & Lois Nam

The Style of Swagger: Serge Ibaka

From the streets of Brazzaville to the runways of Paris and Milan, Serge Ibaka's sense of style is universal.

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2dAdrienne Lawrence

The Derrick Rose verdict: What you need to know

On Wednesday, a California federal jury cleared New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose and two of his friends of committing civil rape. Here's what you need to know about the verdict.

Steph Curry's splashiest career plays (1:29)
Should KD stop talking about OKC? (0:59)
Knicks revamp roster, will fortunes change? (1:18)
3dEthan Sherwood Strauss

Golden State's Draymond Green problem

In ESPN The Magazine's NBA Preview Issue, Ethan Strauss reveals how Draymond Green is the player to lead the Warriors to a dynasty -- or the man who could stand in their way.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

G Bryn Forbes on his preseason experience with the Spurs: "It's been amazing to be a part of this organization. It's probably known as the best organization in basketball, maybe all of sports. Just to be a part of it has been an amazing experience. To be with the players, the staff, I've just been blessed to be here."

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

That was a fun half of preseason basketball. (Blazers-Warriors, for the record, not Lakers-Suns.)

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National anthem singer Denasia Lawrence knelt during her performance for the Heat-76ers game: es.pn/2esJlBu

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Bryn Forbes' performance: "He made every shot. I was watching."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop in mid season form.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League source confirms @olgunuluc report from Down Under that veteran NBA guard Steve Blake is signing with the Sydney Kings in Australia.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he expects guard Pat Beverley to miss at least 20 games with a left knee injury. His absence "complicates" some roster spots.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryn Forbes looks like the leader in the clubhouse among the 5 players vying for the final roster spot. He scored a team-high 19 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. He knocked down 4 of 5 from deep. I'm told the Spurs will go with the full 15 on the roster.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets conclude the preseason with a 5-2 mark following a 114-99 loss to the Spurs. Bobby Brown, a man James Harden asked GM Daryl Morey to give a chance to make the roster, led Houston with 23 points on 8 of 20 shooting from the floor. Nene played well and might have solidify the starting center spot with 15 points while making seven of eight shots. James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela and Eric Gordon didn't make the trip to San Antonio.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard's pretty much primed for the regular season. In 10 minutes, he scored 7 points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with 3 rebounds, a steal and an assist. Looks fresh and ready to roll.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chandler Parsons fully participated in the Grizzlies' last two practices but has yet to be cleared for game action. "No problems at all with the knee," he told ESPN in a text message. Parsons hopes to play in Memphis' opener, but he understands that the Grizzlies will take a cautious approach in his return from the second surgery on his right knee in two years.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics announce they've signed forward Ryan Kelly. Would seem to be D-League candidate given overstocked roster.