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Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

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Chris Forsberg 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.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs' "Big 4" pose for portraits.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A reminder of happier times at Lakers media day.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

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."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

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."

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

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.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Marcus Smart tweaked the rust-tinged mohawk a bit for the new season.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

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.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry: "I plan on standing (for the anthem)"

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on whether Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will have their numbers retired in Boston: "You guys know the answer to that."

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And yes, this was the Doc Rivers trick...the difference here was how quickly the Cavs players asked for their $ back 😂😂😂

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

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."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry: "About Charlotte, it's another opportunity for people to use their voice. You don't want it to ever turn violent"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry on recent events in the country: "I respect everybody's voice, everybody's platform."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How much will Harrison Barnes watch the Warriors this season? "Zero," he said, emphasizing the point by forming an O with his right hand.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Luol Deng and Luke Walton catching up after their photo shoot.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Anderson. Varejao says the Cavaliers have indeed offered him a championship ring but says he hasn't decided yet whether to accept it.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

This media crush was usually reserved for Kobe Bryant. Today it's for Jordan Clarkson.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes on Mark Cuban's involvement in the presidential campaign: "He's probably going to run in 2020, I think."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

D'Angelo Russell is no stranger to cameras. He's the center of attention today.