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NBA Power Rankings: Warriors looking up at the champs -- for now

LeBron and the Cavs retain the throne, but it may only be a matter of time until Golden State vaults to No. 1. See where all 30 teams land as the Committee readies for the 2016-17 season.

LeBron taking season 'day-by-day' (0:38)
Elhassan says Warriors' depth is Achilles heel (0:52)
Cleveland is the hottest spot for sports (1:03)
Indians looking to match Cavaliers' title with one of their own (1:00)
Warriors, Durant looking forward for what's to come this season (0:58)
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Shaquille O'Neal teams up with Krispy Kreme

Basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Shaquille O'Neal, a big fan of Krispy Kreme, has been named a global spokesperson for the brand.

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21hCalvin Watkins

Rockets try to move on without Patrick Beverley

With Patrick Beverley sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury, the Rockets will need all their players to step up their defense.

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3dZach Lowe

The entire NBA rated by tiers

How will the season shape up for your favorite squad? We split up the best teams, the bottom-feeders and everything in between.

Cavs keep up championship pace in busy offseason (1:33)
Thompson fires back at anonymous staffer's 'cowards' quote (1:35)
Durant making Warriors stronger (0:52)
Stars getting settled in new places (1:54)
The Bulls have a new leader in Butler (1:38)
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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.

Lakers dynasty derailed (6:58)


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge hints that Marcus Smart might not be ready for opening night: "I think the only negative thing I can say [from preseason] is that we don't have Marcus for the first however long — a week or a few days, I'm guessing, however long he'll be out."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge: "There's really no reason why we waived R.J. [Hunter] other than we had 16 bodies."


Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

NBA free agent point guard Andre Miller, 40, still wants to play and hopes to sign with a playoff caliber team, a source told The Undefeated. With Miller not on an NBA team right now, that leaves Memphis forward Vince Carter as the oldest player in the league born on Jan. 26, 1977.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

With his third child arriving soon, Dirk Nowitzki jokes at Mavs' tipoff luncheon: "At this rate, we're going for eight or nine. I've got to slow my roll."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

After waiving second-year wing Anthony Brown, the Los Angeles Lakers' 15-man roster is set -- and it includes both Thomas Robinson and Metta World Peace, two players who were believed to have been fighting for the team's final roster spot. Brown, a second-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2015, played sparingly for the Lakers last season and throughout the preseason.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

It's official: Metta World Peace has made the Lakers' 15-man roster. Ditto for Thomas Robinson. L.A. makes room by releasing Anthony Brown.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers officially announce that they have waived forward Yi Jianlian. "Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a release. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career." The Lakers will have to decide by 5 p.m. whether their final roster spot will go to Thomas Robinson or Metta World Peace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose is a White Sox fan but he's rooting for the Cubs in the World Series. He says White Sox fans don't usually root for the Cubs but "this is a Chicago thing."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Harrison Barnes: "He's got to keep working. I love that he's in the gym all the time. ... I think eventually he's going to be fine."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on Derrick Rose: "I think there are going to be times when I have to tell Derrick, 'Be more aggressive.'" This was something that some coaches in Chicago said of Rose as well.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' young core of Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle were featured in GQ Magazine piece touting the NBA's next generation of stars. (Photo via GQ):