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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah had a measured response when asked about Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf saying he's not a front line player anymore: "It's alright. He's entitled to his opinion." Noah added that felt it was a 'low blow' but he's proud of his time with the Bulls and has 'no regrets" about his CHI tenure.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah didn't make any bold proclamations here but says beating LeBron James & the Cavs is "definitely the goal." "That's got to be the mindset. We all know what it is. Right now it goes through him. It goes through that guy. For us to get where we want to get to we've got to beat that guy."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are back in West Point for the third straight year. Carmelo Anthony says his new teammates will understand the importance of the setting in the coming days when they interact with cadets. "They'll get a better appreciation of where we're at and why we come here."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said his shoulder and knee are feeling well after his first practice with the Knicks. Noah was limited to just 29 games last season due to shoulder surgery.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks haven't learned much of Jeff Hornacek's new offense yet, but Carmelo Anthony just wants his coach to be comfortable with the system -- whatever it turns out to be. "As long as Jeff is comfortable with what he wants to do and what he wants to run, we're going to buy into that," Anthony said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo hopes the Cavs re-sign J.R. Smith soon: "I don't even know what's going on over there with that. I just hope they don't prolong the situation. He helped them win that championship. He was a major part of that team and I hope they can get something done."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says he likes what he's seen from Derrick Rose: "I think he's getting he's legs back. Just watching him last year when we played them, it didn't look like he was as explosive as maybe he is now," the coach said Wednesday. Rose impressed coaches during today's scrimmage.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly signed power forward Ryan Anderson said during Rockets media day he saw more open looks during pickup games than during his four seasons with the Pelicans. The comment prompted some fans of the Pelicans to express some disappointment with Anderson on social media. "Just making a point I've been getting a lot of open looks," Anderson said when told about the Pels' fans displeasure. "In New Orleans a lot of teams would, especially when I was in that sixth man role, in a lot of different lineups, I would be the focal point and a lot of teams would try to shut me out. (Defenses) switching and they wouldn't let me get open looks. I think this offense is so imperative for the guards to get to the basket. All the attention will be on James (Harden) and that will take a lot off me. I was exaggerating a little bit."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue on the addition of Mike Dunleavy: "Over the last two years I think is shooting 52 percent on open shots ... Defensively he's always in the right spots. I talked to Thibs about him. He's an underrated defender because he's a great team defender."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Two random facts on Cavs rookie Kay Felder for you: he is cousins with former NBA great/current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith and his coaching staff from Oakland University observed Cavs practice on Wednesday.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rondo on KG retiring: "He's one of the best that's ever played the game. He's hanging his hat up and he's had a hell of a career and I wish him the best in whatever he's doing next."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwayne Wade noted that one of the players who has stuck out to him most early on is -- Doug McDermott.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron on his role this year: "I'm going to do a little bit of everything. That's my job description. It says, 'LeBron James: Do Everything - Akron - St. Vincent-St. Mary.' It hasn't changed."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade says he wants to be introduced before games as being from: "Chicago, Illinois."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis was asked about criticisms that he didn't give enough effort at times on the defensive end. His response: "I looked at it a little bit. I think I could have played harder. But like I said, that's last year. I don't even want to talk about last year. All of that's irrelevant right now. I'm focused on this year. … When you have guys out there pushing, who want to win with you, it changes your whole mindset for the game, especially during games. Like I said, we have guys who play hard. Coach hasn't had to stop anyone about playing hard, or come to anyone and talk to them about playing hard. It's all ‘Let's figure out the offensive end, let's figure out the defensive scheme.' That was last year. People say I could have did this, that and the other thing. Do I agree? Sometimes. Maybe. I'm just focused on what I can do this year to make us better."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Geno Auriemma is in the house. The Spurs like to bring in folks all the time for visits.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis says playing hard and effort were what led to the Pelicans finishing 28th in defense last season. "Everybody is talking, everybody is playing hard," said about the difference about this year's defense. "Coach hasn't had to stop practice yet for effort or working hard or playing hard. That was the big issue for us last year. I think we've had five practices, or six. He probably stopped us two minutes and was like, ‘All right, let's pick it up a little bit.' And that was it. And that all leads to defense. You're just playing hard. You're going to make mistakes. Just by playing hard you're able to cut down some of those mistakes."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Seth Curry led the Mavs with 15 points during the team's open scrimmage. "He's going to be a factor for us," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said he missed the past couple of days due to the birth of his daughter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose shooting around after the second day of Knicks training camp:

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry says he's not set on starting a traditional center next to Anthony Davis each game this season. Could see AD start at the 5, depending on matchups, per Gentry.