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23mZach Lowe

Zach Lowe's annual tiers of the NBA

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We put every team in its place.

Art Streiber. Wardrobe Styling: Courtney Mays; Prop Styling: Anthony A. Altomare; Hair: Will Brooks; Production: Elaine Browne; Location: Hinoki & The Bird
17hBrian Windhorst

Sources: Amnesty clause on CBA chopping block

The NBA and the players' union met Wednesday in New York and continued to make progress toward a new labor contract, though an agreement is not expected this week.

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3hPaul Lukas

The 2016 Uni Watch NBA preview

This season, the NBA will be full of zeros, patches, court designs, retro looks and more.

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12mJose De Leon, ESPN Stats & Information

What can Westbrook accomplish this season?

With Kevin Durant gone, Russell Westbrook will have ample opportunity to rack up some rare numbers this season. Take a look at the possibilities.

Porzingis caps off preseason with three blocks in Knicks' win (0:38)
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48mJim McCormick

Fantasy basketball forecaster: Oct. 24-30

Get set for the opening week of the 2016-17 fantasy basketball campaign with matchup ratings, analysis of the latest fantasy-relevant trends and DFS advice.

How recognizable is Brad Stevens in Boston? (1:03)
1 Big Thing: Beware of shoe shaming (2:05)
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.

Steph Curry's splashiest career plays (1:29)
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1dAdrienne 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.

After civil trial, where does Rose go from here? (2:29)
Should KD stop talking about OKC? (0:59)
Carmelo told Kaepernick he needed to follow through (2:11)
2dEthan 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.

Is Draymond Green the real Warriors villain? (1:45)
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Patrick Redford

Which NBA team is the tallest?

The Golden State Warriors, who have spent the last few seasons dominating with their small-ball lineup, are now the second tallest team in the league. Who has the tallest? FiveThirtyEight ranks each team in the league by height.

Tyronn Lue explains keys to managing the Cavaliers' Big 3 (6:08)
Lue, Rivers look back on their NBA journey together (5:48)
No-look passes you'll miss if you blink (0:59)
Electrifying shots from the NBA (1:14)


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a stormy day in Northeast Ohio and the Cavs lost power at their practice facility. Ty Lue said that it sapped his players' motivation at first but eventually he got what he wanted out of practice from his team.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The NBA fined the Lakers for remarks Magic Johnson made before he relinquished his ceremonial VP title in June. Our story (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17840266/los-angeles-lakers-dynasty-derailed http://es.pn/2eriVAi) just posted has this nugget, plus Jeanie Buss on her role as team president, her rapport with her brother Jim (Executive VP of basketball operations) and the state of the team as Luke Walton begins his first season as coach. On Sunday, the TV story on Outside the Lines, 9a E on ESPN2 with correspondent Steve Delsohn.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (left thigh strain) and guard Jonathon Simmons (right calf bruise) are out for Friday's preseason finale at home against the Houston Rockets.

ESPN @espn

Zeros and double-zeros. Patches. Throwbacks. Advertisements. The NBA Uni Watch preview is here: es.pn/2ermqqt

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said no decision has been made regarding a starting center. D'Antoni is deciding between Nene and Clint Capela. "It may be a game-to-game thing," D'Antioni said Friday. "It's a two-headed monster, it might change depending on the matchups."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston guard Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) listed as probable for the preseason finale against San Antonio.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Houston's James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela did not make the trip to San Antonio for Friday's game.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I expect the NBA to also have the shot clock to reset to 14 after offensive rebounds sooner rather than later.