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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors looking up at the champs -- for now

LeBron and the Cavs retain the throne, but it may only be a matter of time until Golden State vaults to No. 1. See where all 30 teams land as the Committee readies for the 2016-17 season.

Cleveland is the hottest spot for sports (1:03)
Indians looking to match Cavaliers' title with one of their own (1:00)
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2hDarren Rovell

Shaquille O'Neal teams up with Krispy Kreme

Basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Shaquille O'Neal, a big fan of Krispy Kreme, has been named a global spokesperson for the brand.

Lakers dynasty derailed (6:58)
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19hCalvin Watkins

Rockets try to move on without Patrick Beverley

With Patrick Beverley sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Rockets will need all their players to step up their defense.

Warriors, Durant looking forward for what's to come this season (0:58)
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3dZach 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.

Cavs keep up championship pace in busy offseason (1:33)
Thompson fires back at anonymous staffer's 'cowards' quote (1:35)
Durant making Warriors stronger (0:52)
Stars getting settled in new places (1:54)
The Bulls have a new leader in Butler (1:38)
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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.

Behold NBA stars putting defenders on posters (1:11)


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers officially announce that they have waived forward Yi Jianlian. "Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career." The Lakers will have to decide by 5 p.m. whether their final roster spot will go to Thomas Robinson or Metta World Peace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose is a White Sox fan but he's rooting for the Cubs in the World Series. He says White Sox fans don't usually root for the Cubs but "this is a Chicago thing."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Harrison Barnes: "He's got to keep working. I love that he's in the gym all the time. ... I think eventually he's going to be fine."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Derrick Rose: "I think there are going to be times when I have to tell Derrick, 'Be more aggressive.'" This was something that some coaches in Chicago said of Rose as well.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' young core of Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle were featured in GQ Magazine piece touting the NBA's next generation of stars. (Photo via GQ):

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki can't handle the toughest question in Dallas these days: Dak or Romo?


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says that Kay Felder (concussion) is out for the Cavs opener. He named Iman Shumpert as the primary backup point guard against New York.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets waived forward PJ Hairston, forward Le'Bryan Nash and guard Gary Payton II. The Rockets took a cap hit of $543,471 with the release of Payton.

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Just saw a list of things that didn't exist last time the Cubs were in the World Series. Here's one that has personal resonance: The NBA.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki's longtime mentor Holger Geschwindner is here for his annual early-season visit.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Harris is "very doubtful" for the season opener due to a foot injury. Seth Curry will play a significant role for the Mavs to start the season.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Richard Jefferson will be running a scavenger hunt on his Snapchat (username: rjeff24) with a chance to win tickets for opening night. Here are the details, per a representative: "(There will be) a series of clues that will lead fans to four iconic Cleveland locations. At each stop, participants will have to take a photo or video Snap using the special location-specific Snapchat Geofilter available to prove they were there. Jefferson will provide clues to the first four locations at 5:15pm ET, and reveal the final stop on the scavenger hunt at 5:45pm ET. Jefferson will be at the final location to hand out a pair of tickets to each of the first two people who show up with a completed set of Snaps from the scavenger hunt."