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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kind of a playoff-like feel in the arena in OKC tonight. They've got shirts on the seats, lots of media in the building. Got it all, except for the whole two good teams part.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis lists his individual goals in an interview with Players Tribune: "As far as individual goals…I want to make the All Star Game, I want to be Defensive Player of the Year and I also feel like I could be the Most Improved Player of the Year.... If I do those three things then that's going to help the team win a lot." Porzingis added that team success trumps individual goals. The full interview call be found on the Players Tribune website.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Gordon Hayward's surgery involved "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization." No timetable for recovery.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how he slept the night before his first pro game, Lonzo Ball said he slept well and always tries to get a good sleep in so he can have "good dreams."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says Josh Hart (Achilles) is out.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton expects veterans like Patrick Beverley to "come after" Lonzo Ball tonight. Walton says experienced players like going after rookies, especially ones that come with hype and attention like Ball.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked about Carmelo Anthony saying Wednesday that he felt 'stabbed in the back' by management last year. He said repeatedly that he didn't want to talk about last season and is just looking ahead at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed by Kristaps Porzingis' shot selection in preseason games & scrimmages: "I think the confidence that he got over the summer in Eurobasket, it was great for him being the main guy. He's willing to take the big shots. And I think the big thing is, he's not forcing anything. In these games and practices, he's not going off and going, 'Just give me the ball and let me do something.' He's playing within what we're doing. When the shot's there, he's taking it. He's trying to make extra plays. And being part of the main guy is not just shooting the basketball. It's making a play, whether it's for yourself or for one of your teammates. So he's doing a great job of that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on if Kristaps Porzingis is ready to be the face of the Knicks: "Well, he has to grow into that position. You just don't flip a switch and then all of a sudden, you're that guy. There will be some ups and downs, there will be games where he looks like that guy and then another game, maybe not. But like you said, he's only 22 years old so you can't put all this type of pressure on this kid to be that guy right now. We want him to grow to that, we want our other guys to be a part of it. They've got to rely on each other as a team on both sides of the ball and just play and let things happen that way."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative, league sources told ESPN. Great news for Warriors fans.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: "I never doubt myself. I never feel like I'm not ready for something even if it's the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I'm capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I'm never too afraid of a situation. I'm here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that's what I'm going to use to go forward."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on how things will be different without Carmelo Anthony: "I think we're going to realize that as we go forward, how much pressure he took off of everybody and how valuable a player like that actually is. He just draws so much attention. We're going – and myself also I'm going to feel it as the season goes on. Right now I'm just going to play my game really and not try to force things, play my game and that's it."

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

FlyQuest has been awarded a permanent slot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series, as first reported by theScore esports and confirmed by ESPN. The team and its billionaire owner, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens, will have to pay $10 million in franchising fees. FlyQuest joins Cloud9, Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid, Team Liquid and Echo Fox as existing teams returning to the league.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks executives Steve Mills, Scott Perry and Craig Robinson are all with the team in Oklahoma City. Perry said he wants to be with the team on the road regularly to properly evaluate things.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams asked if he can confirm or deny that he told Enes Kanter a pregame elbow was coming: "Next question."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Paul: "One of the biggest things I was looking forward to this year is to be able to watch somebody as talented as James. Our whole team is one thing, but James is special, man. I catch myself sometimes watching. I've got to get used to it, but he's unreal."

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Brooklyn currently has $3.4M in cap space to use but would need to create a roster spot. Brooklyn will not receive any roster relief but has up until January 15 to apply for the Disabled Player Exception for Jeremy Lin. The exception if approved would be $6M.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have obtained a slot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series as one of the newest franchise owners, league sources told ESPN. The Cavaliers have recruited former Call of Duty pro and influencer Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag to head up their operations and are actively recruiting staff in the League of Legends space, sources said.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Interesting comments to me from Ex-NBA player/Celtics forward Shavlik Randolph, who had similar injury to Gordon Hayward. "It's about a 4-6 month recovery. The ligaments take 6-8 weeks and the tibia was about three months to heal in all the places it broke. Ironically, I had the same injury and as bad as it looks it does heal back to 100 percent and does so surprisingly fast. I think there's a chance he could be back this season if he really pushed it. The team will be cautious to bring him back too fast, but I think he could by the end of the season. Maybe not back to full 100 percent by then, but I wouldn't be shocked if he can and does play."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Harris let rookie Dennis Smith Jr. pick which Disney princess backpack he wanted.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk on Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's definitely a special athlete. We're gonna have a lot of fun watching him hopefully for a long, long time."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy discusses the improvement in Andre Drummond's free throw shooting.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Stan Van Gundy shares his thoughts about the regular season opener at Little Caesars Arena.

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving says there are even higher expectations on the Celtics now to fill the injured Gordon Hayward's role, and says he's one of the guys who has to pick them up.

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Question to Kyrie: "Do you feel this injury puts you back at square one?" Response: "No, we don't have time to go to square one."