Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he's enjoyed the dialogue with his players regarding the protests seen in other sports during the national anthem. He's OK with his players using their stage to promote positive social change. Marcus Smart said Celtics players have discussed what they might do as a team but would not reveal any plans until team feels it's right time.
The Cavs' "Big 4" pose for portraits.
A reminder of happier times at Lakers media day.
Mavs SG Wesley Matthews looks sleek compared to last season. "I'm down probably eight pounds, and a lot of it is just being able to train," said Matthews, who was recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon a year ago. "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around."
Doc Rivers on how the Clippers stack up with the rest of the West: "I like our team. ... I don't think there's a gap."
Doc Rivers said there are three keys for the Clippers to win a championship this season: rebounding the ball better defensively, staying healthy and matching their regular-season play in the postseason.
Marcus Smart tweaked the rust-tinged mohawk a bit for the new season.
An interesting stat to help explain why some NBA teams appear overrated or underrated on media day: minutes played in 2015-16. The Memphis Grizzlies' current roster played just 12,993 minutes in the NBA last season, putting them at the bottom left below. New York and Brooklyn are the two other teams below 15,000 2015-16 minutes. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz's current roster played a league-high 23,717 minutes last year.
Curry: "I plan on standing (for the anthem)"
Andrew Bogut said he "would have asked for a buyout" if traded to a team other than the Mavs. ESPN.com reported in July that the Warriors presented the big man the option of being traded to the Mavs or Rockets. Bogut declined to specifically discuss the Houston possibility. "I like Dallas," he said
Danny Ainge on whether Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will have their numbers retired in Boston: "You guys know the answer to that."
And yes, this was the Doc Rivers trick...the difference here was how quickly the Cavs players asked for their $ back 😂😂😂
Andrew Bogut dismisses concerns about increasing his minutes. "I've never had an injury from playing too many minutes," Bogut said. "It's always been car-wreck type of collisions. I've walked under too many ladders, I guess."
Curry: "About Charlotte, it's another opportunity for people to use their voice. You don't want it to ever turn violent"
Curry on recent events in the country: "I respect everybody's voice, everybody's platform."
How much will Harrison Barnes watch the Warriors this season? "Zero," he said, emphasizing the point by forming an O with his right hand.
Luol Deng and Luke Walton catching up after their photo shoot.
Anderson. Varejao says the Cavaliers have indeed offered him a championship ring but says he hasn't decided yet whether to accept it.
This media crush was usually reserved for Kobe Bryant. Today it's for Jordan Clarkson.
Harrison Barnes on Mark Cuban's involvement in the presidential campaign: "He's probably going to run in 2020, I think."
D'Angelo Russell is no stranger to cameras. He's the center of attention today.