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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban on Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's the fastest player in the NBA. Not even close."

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Joey Syata, a huge Kyrie Irving fan, has been making these t-shirts since last season's playoffs, to help raise money for children's mental health awareness.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The hood is up and headphones on as John Wall gets ready to open his season

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward: "Obviously, there's a physical pain to [his injury] but I think it's also doubled by the emotional pain of, you know, he put a lot of effort into trying to start his career out well in Boston. But this is a setback; we're expecting a full recovery."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says there's no immediate timeline as Gordon Hayward braces for surgery. Stevens does note: "We're expecting a full recovery."

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Bradley Beal warms up a little over 1 hour before his season tips off

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Stevens said that Marcus Smart will start in place of Hayward tonight in home opener against the Bucks.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens on whether Gordon Hayward's injury is season-ending: "I'm not going to speculate or put a timeline on it." Stevens said discussions still ongoing on surgery options.

Nick Metallinos ESPN 

Pregame shootaround for Ben Simmons. He's been on court early practicing a variety of shots and moves

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

The "Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo warms up prior to the Bucks' season opener against the Celtics.

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Nick Metallinos ESPN 

For Ben Simmons, the opportunity to play NBA regular season basketball has been a long time coming. Tonight, against the Washington Wizards, he finally makes his debut.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The day is finally here. Ben Simmons one of the few guys on the early bus. Arrives for opening night just under 3 hours before tip

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart warm up prior to the Celtics' home opener against the Bucks. With Gordon Hayward out indefinitely, the play of these two is even more important.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball is ready to go and isn't on the Lakers injury report for opener. Julius Randle (intercostal strain) went through a full practice and is probable to play in opener. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (nose) had a CT scan and there's nothing broken. Josh Hart (Achilles) is questionable.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs signed guard London Perrantes to fill the second of their two "two-way" player slots on Wednesday, a team source tells ESPN. Perrantes and guard John Holland can both spend up to 45 days with the Cavs this season and the rest of their time will be spent playing for the Canton Charge, Cleveland's G-League affiliate. Perrantes averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3 rebounds as a senior at Virginia last season. The Vertical first reported his signing.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr on the fake, heavier-looking Klay Thompson that surfaced last night: "I thought it was the perfect metaphor for our conditioning"

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says tomorrow's game against the Knicks is big for him because it's an opportunity to "close that chapter."

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on Gordon Hayward's injury, and his own experience coming back from a similar one. "I'll always think about it. It's always there."

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Vander Blue is back with the Lakers, who signed the guard to a two-way contract. Blue and Alex Caruso are the Lakers' pair of two-way players.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina says his knee is 100 percent healthy and he's felt fine after participating in scrimmages. "I'm very happy with where my knee is and I'm ready to play tomorrow."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked if it was a priority to play younger players over veterans given that the Knicks are in the early stages of a rebuild. "No," he said, "Again, we'd like to get them more experienced and grow. But we're not just going to throw them out there as a group and say, whatever happens, happens. We have some veteran guys on this team that are trying to lend their experience and we want those young guys to grow. And if they grow into those positions where they're getting big minutes, so be it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says one of the Knicks' goals this season is to see steady improvement over 82 games: "What we stressed to these guys is that we're going to continue to work every day no matter what happens. We're going to try to improve. We're going to have ups and downs but in the long run if we stay together, continue to work and we try to fix those things -- they may not be incremental jumps but if you have little jumps throughout all 82 games you're going to be a much better team at the end of the year than you are now. So that's really the goal."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Enes Kanter says Joakim Noah has been helping him on the defensive end. "He's always talking to me. He actually told me a week ago that, ‘I want you to take the next step. I want you to get to the next level defensively.' And he's been there for me, helping me a lot defensively, talking to me on the court, off the court. He's been really trying to help me. And he's one of the most respected guys in the NBA. He's got 11 years in the league. He knows a lot. He's got a lot of experience so I can really use his help." Kanter is a strong offensive player but has been subpar on the defensive end thus far in his career. Noah, who is suspended for the first 12 games of the season, has said that he hopes to help younger bigs on the Knicks roster.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Lopez: "We as a team feel there is blame on both sides." Acknowledges Portis crossed the line.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says he spent time with Mirotic at hospital. Hoiberg says Portis was remorseful for his actions.