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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

The NBA has sold the official hat designation to New Era, which already has similar deals with MLB & the NFL.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Mountain Dew signs Kyrie Irving as a national spokesman, joining Russell Westbrook. Brand is owned by Pepsi and Kyrie already has "Uncle Drew" deal.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

The Rockets averaged an insane 118.6 points per game in the preseason. No team has been higher than 113 since tracking began in 2010-11.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek, lifelong Cubs fan, hopes his Knicks can take something from what his favorite baseball team's done: "You just wish you could take...the confidence and the togetherness they have, you just want your own team to see that stuff and say, ‘Hey, look, this is what we can do.'?"

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Former NBA player Anthony Randolph is playing in Spain ... and he's throwing down Vince Carter-esque dunks:

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

From Jrue Holiday's agent, Jason Glushon Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and support for Lauren and Jrue Holiday over the last several months. I'd like to provide you with a quick update on what has happened over the last several weeks. In September, Lauren Holiday gave birth to Jrue Tyler Holiday. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces. She is healthy and at home with her family. In October, Lauren Holiday underwent surgery at Duke University Hospital to remove a brain tumor. She will continue to recover in North Carolina with her husband Jrue and daughter Jrue Tyler. During this time, we ask that you respect the family's privacy and keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

It appears the Rockets will miss guard Patrick Beverley (knee injury) and power forward Donatas Motiejunas (contract dispute) to start the season. Beverley is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday and will be gone four-to-six weeks. Motiejunas hasn't signed his $4.4 million qualifying offer and it's expired. If he does sign a contract before the final cuts are announced on Monday, it's doubtful he'll be ready for Wednesday's opener at the Lakers. "Taking two guys who can play 60 minutes, 30 each, who aren't here, it's going to have an impact," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Draymond Green on being portrayed as villains: "If we're winning games or not winning games, that's what matters. So, I don't think this team is looking, 'Hey, villains, let's do it.' Nobody cares."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

When Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was asked what did he get out of the fan fest scrimmage on Sunday, he joked, "Nothing." The starters won the game on a Clint Capela tip-in at the buzzer.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

Toronto Raptors announce Jared Sullinger will have foot surgery Monday. Will have screw inserted into 5th metatarsal.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rough one for Toronto, which just announced Jared Sullinger needs a screw inserted into his left foot due to "symptomatic stress reactions"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr on MVP race: "I think KD's kinda like Gary Johnson." Goes on to discuss how Warriors will take votes away from each other, ending in a hypothetical Damian Lillard MVP

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shaun Livingston, working to add that corner 3


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis was working on pick-and-pops with an assistant coach after practice. You can expect more of that in season. "Coach came up to us and said he wants us to work on that a little bit more because we're going to be in those situations," Porzingis said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Funny reaction from Jeff Hornacek, a Cubs fan, when he was told that Knicks owner James Dolan's uncle, Larry, owns the Indians: "Uh-oh."