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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball looked up at the famous ceiling at Madison Square Garden and soaked it all in during his first morning shootaround at the arena. Ball has only been to New York twice — the only other time was for the draft — and tonight will be his first game at the Mecca of basketball. Ball says he's mostly stayed in his hotel room outside of making an appearance at a Big Baller Brand pop-up store to sign autographs for thousands of fans who braved the cold on Sunday. It's a big week for the rookie. Besides making his Garden debut, he faces LeBron James, his favorite player growing up, on Thursday for the first time. "Every kid dreams about playing (at the Garden), just because of all the history and all the battles," Ball said. "It's going to be a lot of fun (this week). The Garden, all the history there and then Lebron, best player in the world. Definitely two challenges, and I look forward to it."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

One last Manu Ginobili bite.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

More from Manu Ginobili.


Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George asked if the team is still trying to do what Billy Donovan is asking, and where the respect level is for Donovan. "The respect level is high."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks have announced that they plan to increase security at MSG in the wake of the terror attack at Port Authority. They request that fans avoid bringing unnecessary bags, including backpacks, into the arena tonight for the Knicks-Lakers game.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Manu Ginobili discusses the challenges of bringing back Kawhi Leonard against the Mavericks. Ginobili said it's "a mystery" as to how Leonard will react.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kawhi Leonard getting in some shootaround action.


Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop just now: "Kawhi is back." He'll be on a minutes restriction.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James is not expecting too much out of Tristan Thompson too soon, as the big man returns from a six-week absence this week. "He has to get his wind back, he has to get his rhythm back," James said. "I don't think it's gonna be like, right now, boom. So, um, but we're happy to have him back for sure. He's a big piece of our team. He's going to be a big piece of our team long term. We've got to get him back, get him integrated to what we're doing."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says he's "probably" playing more center this season than he has in his 15-year career. He says 8-9 years ago he couldn't have envisioned this, but once he joined the Heat, it became a part of his repertoire. "When I went to Miami it was 1 through 5," James said. "After our first year in Miami Spo (Erik Spoelstra) was like, ‘Let's 1 through 5, whatever I need you to do, we've got to try to make it happen.' I played 1 through 5 a lot down there."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Both Kevin Love (left hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf) are officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. So long as they come through pregame workouts OK, per the Cavs, they will play.