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LeBron to stand for anthem, fears for son's safety

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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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.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green on Celtics: "When we played them in Miami, they looked like they were having so much fun. I wanted to be part of that."

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan speak together at media day but Brice Johnson gets his own audience.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Dwyane Wade at Chicago Bulls media day, on the Colin Kaepernick-led athlete protest movement: "I think it's great. I mean, I'm one of the athletes that stood on stage at the ESPYs and I asked the athletes to use their voice, a call to action for athletes to stand up. I think it's great when you see an athlete use his voice for something he believes in. I think Kaepernick educated a lot of us on things that we wasn't aware of. For me, for guys in this city, from what I've seen, we have a different kind of battle here in Chicago. A different focus. That's where my focus is on. My focus is on this city, and what am I capable of doing to help our youth in this city in a bigger way."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rondo says Hoiberg is "really intelligent." Says he spoke to Hoiberg for three hours before he signed. Obviously the pair hit it off nicely.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford said when he played in Boston during his rookie year he was hypnotized by the banners. "I couldn't stop looking up... It's powerful."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Very clear from Wade's initial comments after he signed -- and his comments again today -- his focus off the floor will be trying to help Chicago be a more unified city.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade remains hopeful that Bosh will return to the basketball floor, but reiterates that as his friend he is happy Bosh is focusing on his health and taking care of his family.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade on Chris Bosh's situation: "It's another bump in the road in life." Happy that Bosh's quality of life is good.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade: "I think it's great when you see an athlete use his voice" while discussing what Colin Kaepernick has done.