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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The Lakers unveiled their Classic Edition jerseys for 2017-18, going with the MPLS jerseys worn by the Minneapolis Lakers (and previously broken out as throwbacks during the Kobe Bryant years). They'll wear them five times this season, including Wednesday against the Wizards on ESPN (photo via Lakers/Twitter).

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

James Harden was named Western Conference Player of the Week for putting up averages of 27.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 8.7 APG to lead the Rockets to a 3-0 start. Harden won the weekly honor four times last season.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 38.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG and 5.0 APG in Week 1. It's the third time in his career Antetokounmpo has won the weekly honor.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart (ankles) did not practice and remains day-to-day; Marcus Morris (knee) participated in non-contact portion of practice Monday but will not play this week. Morris will be reevaluated next week, according to coach Brad Stevens.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry's scouting report on Dennis Smith Jr.: "Super athletic guard that knows how to play the game. I think that's the most underrated aspect of his game, just the way he sees the floor, the way he tries to get his teammates involved. And he can shoot it. A lot of people fall in love with the way he can high fly and play above the rim at times, just his explosiveness, but the thing that's going to help him be a long-lasting pro and probably an All-Star one day in this league is his ability to play that five-man basketball and get other guys involved and use his strengths to open up looks for other teammates. You never know how a rookie is going to transition into that mindset, as a point guard especially, and he's shown that he can do that. I'm sure that'll continue and only get better."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are among the teams who have reached out to Phoenix recently about trading for guard Eric Bledsoe, per league sources.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN Sources: Eric Bledsoe met with team this morning before shootaround and he was sent home. He will not play tonight against Sacramento.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says Frank Ntilikina will not play on Tuesday against Boston due to an ankle injury. Ntilikina missed most of practice Monday but Hornacek said the rookie's lateral movement has improved and the Knicks hope to have him back for Friday's game against Brooklyn. Ntilikina has missed two games with the ankle sprain, which he suffered in practice Friday. He missed the final four games of the preseason with a knee contusion and the entire summer league with a similar injury. Hornacek said the organization isn't worried about Ntilikina, whom they selected with the No. 8 overall pick, being injury-prone. The coach said the 19-year-old's ailments are a result of playing with maximum effort. "He's playing as hard as he can .... I can't complain about that."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr on potential NBA discipline for Steph Curry: "Haven't heard anything."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic remains in concussion protocol. It remains unclear if Mirotic will need surgery to fix facial fractures.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Kris Dunn (finger) will practice today but will likely be out tomorrow vs. Cavs.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVine says he has been taking contact "here and there." Will be taking contact "very soon."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine reiterated that he expects to be a Bull for a long time. Confident he will get a deal done this summer.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine sounds optimistic about how his rehab is going. Hopeful that he'll be able to start taking contact soon. Mid-November still target for contact.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. on Steph Curry: "He's debatably the best point guard in the league. That's the goal I'm trying to get to."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice today. The guess here is he is unlikely to play on Tuesday against Boston.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr.: "I'm playing tonight." He said the Mavs were being cautious with minor swelling in his knee.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Attorney Alex Spiro, who represented Knicks great Charles Oakley in a criminal matter last year, is leaving his current firm, Brafman & Associates to join international firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Oakley, under Spiro's guidance, accepted a deal to have charges stemming from a February incident at Madison Square Garden dismissed. Oakley is pursuing civil litigation against Madison Square Garden and chief executive James Dolan. It is unclear how Spiro's move impacts Oakley's litigation, if at all. Spiro also defended NBA forward Thabo Sefolosha in 2015 when he was cleared of charges resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Sefolosha settled a suit against the New York Police Department for $4 million.

David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

After his hot start, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the favorite to win the NBA MVP at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Antetokounmpo is the favorite at 9-4, followed by LeBron James (4-1), Kawhi Leonard (6-1) and Kevin Durant (13-2). Through three games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Lawrence Murray ESPN.com 

LaVar Ball was encouraged by the Lakers' performance in a losing effort vs. the Pelicans, saying that the team picked Lonzo up after Lonzo's great performance Friday night in Phoenix. LaVar Ball also thought the Lakers' comeback from down 21 in the 3rd quarter will help them in the long run. But he challenged Lonzo to rebound more and close better.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Lonzo Ball flirted with a triple-double again with 8 points, 13 assists and 8 rebounds. However, Ball struggled with his shot, missing 10-of-13 shots and all five of his 3-point attempts. He also had 5 turnovers. It was a good learning experience for Ball against the likes of Jrue Holiday with bigs like Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins inside to clog the lanes. "I thought he was good," Luke Walton said. "... I liked Lonzo's aggression tonight... those two bigs, they're monsters in there." Walton says Ball will learn how to deal with that kind of size has he gains experience.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' bench showed it can play game-changing defense. Luke Walton may have found himself a combination to use with Kyle Kuzma (20 points), Jordan Clarkson (24 points), Julius Randle (11 points), Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. That unit used a 29-5 run to get the Lakers back in a game that seemed over. "I was searching to find guys that would play at that level," Walton said. "That's probably the first time that lineup ever played together. They were all fighting."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first game as a Laker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope delivered the things the Lakers signed him for. He provided an offensive, defensive and energy spark with 20 points, 2 steals and a block.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George on the final play, isn't placing any blame on the officials.

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook on Melo's apparent big shot, OKC's crunchtime offense and the Karl Towns hard screen that freed Wiggins.

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