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1hPablo S. Torre

How an NBA guard you've never heard of scored $50M

When Tyler Johnson signed a $50 million deal, the world lost its mind. Here's the crazy thing: He might be worth it.

How far can the Clippers go with their roster? (1:18)
Can Hoiberg take control of locker room? (1:46)
Legler puts onus on Schröder, Howard to be difference makers (1:21)
Westbrook doing it all without KD (0:53)
Joel Embiid flashes star potential in his delayed NBA debut (1:15)
Ball control, passing seem foreign to Mavs, Pacers (0:27)
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11hESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau

Amazing NBA opener performances abound

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Hakeem Olajuwon were among the many players whose performances were matched or bettered.

Booker, Cousins get separated by an official (0:30)
Harden looking forward to a fresh start (3:32)
Stephen A. isn't counting Warriors out yet, unlike Barkley (1:36)


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue says there's a "great chance" that Iman Shumpert plays Friday in TOR after his concussion-like symptoms from the NYK. Here is him shooting after practice.


Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Grizzlies first-round pick Wade Baldwin became the first player to put up at least 5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in his NBA debut since 1973-74, according to Elias Sports Bureau. "I'm fully capable of impacting the game at this level," said Baldwin, whose 7/5/6/3/3 line off the bench featured a handful of highlight plays. "I did tonight. Hopefully it will continue for the next 81-plus games."

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Maaaaan, my brother this morning was just telling me how NBA Twitter is >>> NFL/MLB Twitter. Vine a huge part of that. RIP.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade believes he'll play around 30-32 minutes a games to start. Sounds pleased about communication he's had with Fred Hoiberg in regard to minutes.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers went 19 for 20 on shots at the rim in the 120-114 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. Ryan Anderson and Nene each allowed 11 baskets at the rim. "New defense, new defensives coach, new system learning each other," Anderson said. "We need to communicate better that's all things when you grow as a group. You learn this is a good learning process for us, we don't want too many of these learning processes games. But this is a game we got to look at and get better at."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade describing the specifics of his World Series bet with LeBron. Says he isn't worried about what the loss would be because he's confident Cubs will win.

Kevin Arnovitz @kevinarnovitz

SAC was not thrilled the NBA scheduled reg season opening of their new facility on the 2nd night of a B2B with their opponent waiting in SAC

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

After Tuesday's game, LeBron James took what seemed to be a subtle dig at Phil Jackson, who traded JR Smith & Iman Shumpert to Cleveland in 2015: "There's a few guys who feel like teams gave up on them in their careers,'' James said. "For them to come here and to prove not only to those people, but to prove to themselves that they are championship-worthy, means a lot to them."

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Timberwolves lost: led by as many as 17 points; 5 losses when leading by that many last year, tied with the 76ers for the most in the NBA

ESPN @espn

A singer said she was told by the 76ers she could not perform the national anthem because of her "We Matter" jersey: es.pn/2e0sgRv

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Young talent in the NBA is ridiculous. Myles Turner is 20 and just put up 30p-16r-4b. AD did 50-16-7-5-4. KAT, Giannis, Embiid, Wiggins...

ESPN @espn

A 76ers fan was escorted out of the arena last night after flashing double middle fingers at Russell Westbrook. es.pn/2eV9AQE