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Russell Westbrook revenge tour begins now

There's an air of ownership for Russell Westbrook as he prepares to lead the Thunder into a post-Durant world (Thunder-Sixers, 8 ET on ESPN).

Russell Westbrook a basketball machine (0:39)
Stephen A. isn't counting Warriors out yet, unlike Barkley (1:36)
Barkley claims Thompson is better than Durant and Curry (1:04)
Did the Cavs' victory over Knicks prove they're the best? (0:48)
Preview: Lakers first game without Kobe Bryant (2:26)
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These Warriors have some imperfections

The Warriors looked all right when their "Big 4" was on the court, but the results were disastrous when any one of them was out of the game.

LeBron had himself a little dunk contest against the Knicks (1:29)
Durant brings unmatched scoring prowess to Golden State (1:10)

NBA season preview for 2016-17

After a record 73 wins, the Warriors could only watch as LeBron James and the Cavs staged an epic Finals comeback, ending a 52-year Cleveland title drought. So what has changed? Kevin Durant.

The crowning plays of King James' career (1:17)


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

In advance of their 2016-17 season opener against the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that they have exercised team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, as well as guard D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Dennis Schroeder and the Hawks have agreed to a four-year, $70 million extension, according to league sources

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander wasn't around to see the tension with his team last season. "I didn't actually see and feel the tension as much as you would if you were in the locker room all the time," he said Wednesday before his team plays the Lakers. "I was told all the time what was going on." With a new group, Alexander said the chemistry has improved. "Now everybody loves each other now, we'll see what happens, it's a love fest," he said. "Hopefully, it will continue and I think we have a great group of guys and we'll see what happens."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kerr: "We looked like a team with a lot of new guys"

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Told Cavs sold hundreds of rings to fans last night. Price ranges from $299 to $12K. Only season ticket holders can get their name on ring.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets were a poor defensive team last season, allowing the sixth-most points in the league at 106.4 with the 10th-worst defensive rating at 108.1. Both stats were the highest among playoff bound teams last season. This season, James Harden believes things will be different. "One hundred percent," Harden said Wednesday morning. "And each every individual (does) too, so that's what is going to help us. As a team our communication defensively (is better) and offensive we can score with the best of them."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

When Mike D'Antoni was asked why didn't things work with the Lakers after two difficult seasons he said: "A lot reasons why. A lot of circumstances, nobody's fault. A lot of good intensions, just injuries, people wanting to play a certain way, not that I'm mad about it, that's the reality of it. It just wasn't a good fit." D'Antoni said he did love living in Manhattan Beach.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time Mike D'Antoni was a head coach was with the Lakers and it was two brutal years where he dealt with injuries to three of his star players, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and of course Kobe Bryant. It was Bryant who didn't vibe with the up-tempo offense. Wednesday night will be D'Antoni's first visit to LA when the Rockets visit Staples Center. "The biggest thing (in Houston), management, ownership, star players want to play the way you want to coach," D'Antoni said. "So that makes it nice no doubt. No second guessing. This is the way we're going to go."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo had high praise for Brad Stevens while discussing his former coach after Wednesday's practice. "He's probably the most positive coach I've ever played for," Rondo said. "Always onto the next play, very inspiring, very encouraging. As a player, you want to play for a guy like a Brad Stevens. He's just real positive."

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The Warriors lost their home opener Tuesday night by 29 points. In the previous two seasons, Golden State lost four regular-season home games by a combined 25 points.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine is hopeful he'll be able to play in opener. Says his ankle is feeling "great."