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LeBron James said he will stand during the national anthem, but he supports 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel in protest and his "peaceful" handling of the situation.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher will join Spectrum SportsNet as a game day studio analyst for Lakers coverage this season, the network announced Monday. Fisher, who played 12 1/2 seasons and won five championships with the Lakers, will make about 20 appearances this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee said Jeff Horancek told him that he needed to work on conditioning because the Knicks are ‘going to run a lot' this season. NY ranked in the bottom 10 in pace the past three seasons. Seems like Hornacek hopes to change that. Hornacek's Phoenix teams pushed the pace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Jennings says this year feels like a ‘new beginning' - in part because his Achillies injury is fully healthy. "I'm back to looking like my rookie year again, skinny - which is okay with me…. I feel like this is an opportunity for me to prove myself again & come back. Be Brandon Jennings again."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis is excited about the return of Lance Thomas: "I told him at the end of the season, 'Don't leave us, you've got to stay with us'.... He's not the guy that everybody adores but he's going to do the work and he's there every night." Thomas was re-signed to 4-year, $27 million deal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is in better shape than he's been ‘in a long time' due to playing in the Olympics. "That gave me an opportunity to come into training camp ready." NYK hopes to ease the scoring burden on Anthony, so it's reasonable to expect his assists to increase from last year's career high of 4.3

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis had a fresh approach to weight training this season: "Last offseason, we made a little mistake that all I did was work upper body and try to get bigger. This offseason, I really focused on my lower strength, my legs, core, make sure that it's strong."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said of the national anthem protests by athletes, "Obviously something needs to be done about this in the United States today, but as far as my stance, we as a team are currently in discussions of what we're going to do as a group, as a whole. That's something that I think as the brand of the Los Angeles Lakers [we] can really make an impact on. We have a while to figure everything out and put our bases in check. As a group, we will do something." Nance added that the Lakers' coaching staff and front office have told the players that they'll support whatever decision the players reach.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

At the intersection of North Caldwell and East Trade Street, where the Hyatt House in uptown boarded up several windows due to damage from Wednesday night's riots here in Charlotte, several local artists -- on an open invitation by the hotel -- worked to paint murals, including a tribute to Keith Scott, over the plywood to help jumpstart the healing process.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Why does this year feel different for Derrick Rose? "I have a lot more options. I have shooters & I can play through someone almost the entire game. (It could be) Melo or it could be KP. This whole time we've been playing pickup, they want me to attack and me attacking opens (things) up."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he and his players are having ongoing discussions about the growing trend of athletes' national anthem protests against the way African Americans are treated throughout America. "We've talked to the team about it as a group this morning," Walton said during the Lakers' 2016-17 Media Day on Monday. "It's obviously a very serious, important issue. I think something needs to be done. This country is too great to have happen what keeps happening. What that is, we'll decide as a group and continue to talk about what we can do. But I think, most importantly, it's what we get behind as an organization, individually and as a team. I know a lot of the media runs with what happens during the national anthem, which is a very big subject, because it's touchy from both sides. But to me, it's about what kind of change can we make and that comes from getting with organizations that are in action within the community and giving out time, money and whatever else we can to help this problem get fixed."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose hopes to improve his dribble efficiency this year, trying to take a page from Kobe Bryant. "Every one of his dribbles leads him up to a great shot or puts him in a position to take a great shot," Rose said. Rose shot 49% off of two dribbles last season & 45% off of 3-6, per NBA.com.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose missed the playoffs last season for the first time in his career, which could be a blessing in disguise for the Knicks. Rose said today that he's had more time to workout and relax this summer and feels refreshed coming into the season.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Jimmy Butler is still convinced he could be an NFL wide receiver, as good as anyone out there. Even Antonio Brown? "He's not better than me," Butler insists.