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The next evolution of Kawhi Leonard's game: leadership

Having grown into the face of the franchise during Tim Duncan's final seasons, Kawhi Leonard is ready to step into a guiding role with the Spurs.

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The melancholy end to the Big Three era in Miami

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh turned Miami into the center of the basketball universe. Six years later, the book on the Big Three closes just as abruptly and surprisingly as it opened.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

NBA basketball -- or something reasonably close to it -- starts an hour from now in Vancouver ...

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors official, pointing at the pregame crowd: "We're villains! Everybody hates us!

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr calls possibility of winning 74 games "incomprehensible," saying so many thing had to break right for 73 to happen. "I don't care if we added KD or Wilt Chamberlain"

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis working with assistant Robert Pack and alongside PG Tim Frazier on ball handling ahead of Saturday night's preseason matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Pack usually works with the Pelicans' guards.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's a video of Derrick Rose working on his shooting form after practice Saturday:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said the biggest surprise of camp was how his bench -- which some believe is thin coming into the season -- meshed together. He added that reserve big man Willy Hernangomez "looks like he's a 10-year vet out there in terms of his calmness when he's playing."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah says there was no particular event that triggered his pacifist stance, which became a public stance when stories emerged of him skipping a team dinner in West Point. "I think it was just the way I was raised. I was in the city for 9/11. I've always been against war. Yeah, it's just who I am."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah spoke to cadets at West Point last night after stories about his decision to skip a dinner at West Point because he is anti-war emerged. "It has nothing to do with the cadets," he said. "I have a lot of respect for the troops and the sacrifice that they bring for this country. It's just hard for me to see kids killing kids."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said athletes are in a 'lose-lose' situation when it comes to speaking on social issues. If they speak, they get flak for it. If they don't say anything they get flak for it. "I'd rather go with our gut and what we really believe in. All athletes are human beings and they have their own beliefs."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says Derrick Rose hasn't seemed distracted by his pending civil case: "He comes out here on the court and he's Derrick -- he's laughing and joking, he's having fun, he's enjoying it. I mean, it could be something different behind closed doors, but he's around us, it's all basketball, it's all fun, it's all enjoyment for him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks have't decided yet if they will stage make any symbolic gestures during the national anthem. "Whatever we do, we want to do it as a group, as a team. we don't want to just have it as one individual, because it's really not going to have any substance behind it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony on training camp: "The level of focus we had, what we wanted to implement this first week, what we wanted to get out of it, as far as getting a chance to jell with one another, play with one another, learning about each other out there on the court, I think this week was kind of a crucial week."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose believes that if he were to miss time while attending the trial, he would remain physically fit. "I do penitentiary work outs, bro. (I'm) in my room doing pushups, sit ups. I got it from Lamar Odom," Rose said. "…. When I'm in my room, it's stretching, working on my body, flexibility."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose reiterated that he thinks he'll be proven innocent in the civil suit against him alleging sexual assault: "I'm sensitive to the subject & the topic but in my mind I feel like I didn't do anything wrong so I can't waste a lot of time thinking about it. I have a great (legal) team handling it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Some observers believe the triangle offense is ill-suited for Derrick Rose, but the point guard seems optimistic about the Knicks' approach: "It's open.... They allow me to play the way I know how to play and that's an up-tempo game. And to attack, downhill." NYK will use the triangle in half court sets this year.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said coaches have been impressed by his stamina, which is tracked by wearable technology: "The training staff went into depth about how hard I go and how much distance I cover and the impact of how I just play. And they have to kick me off the court here and there cause of how hard I work."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Joakim Noah's on patriotism: "Flags, patriotism and all that, I'm not really into that. I come from a lot of different places. I don't feel like one country is better than another one or that I'm ready to die for a flag or a country. I'm not like that. I've never really been into, never really understood patriotism but at the end of the day, I understand."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are some of Derrick Rose's thoughts on Joakim Noah's anti-war stance: "The last thing he wants is to make a certain group feel a certain way.... His heart, how careful he is & how thoughtful he is about people, I just don't want to people to paint an image of him who he's not. He's a caring guy, a loving guy, and the last thing he wants is the attention that's coming to him."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony said he was fine with Joakim Noah skipping the team dinner in West Point, as he cleared it with the team first. "For him to take the stance that he took and really say it publicly and really mean it and really feel then he'd have to really believe in that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah says he understands why West Point would be upset with his decision to skip the Knicks team dinner. "They opened up their home to us for us to have a camp....So I understand where they're coming from. I don't mean no disrespect. It's just I didn't feel comfortable in that environment."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said he spoke to Phil Jackson in the wake of his decision to skip a team dinner at West Point due to his anti-war stance. "Phil just told me just stay focused on basketball. That's what I was brought here to do. But also stand for what you believe in."

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Marshall Plumlee, an Army reservist, says Joakim Noah's anti-war stance hasn't distracted the Knicks and that he has no problem with Noah skipping a team dinner with cadets. "I just want to stress how great of a teammate he's been... I hold Joakim Noah in a very high regard," Plumlee said.