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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah reiterated that he didn't mean any disrespect to cadets at West Point when he skipped Thursday's dinner. He says he was uncomfortable due to his anti-war views.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg loved the intensity his team showed during Friday's practice: "It was the most competitive practice we've had here in two years."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Those of you who don't like James Harden's short-shorts, he told me, "it's swag." In truth, these are regular shorts just pulled up.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade said Hoiberg gave him carte blanche to stop practice whenever he wants to speak to his teammates and give them advice or feedback.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg rocking the Vegas Summer League title shirt today at practice. Said Friday's practice was one of the most competitive they've had.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors announce they're wearing a #42 patch every game, to honor Nate Thurmond. As they should. Good man.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose says this is the best training camp he's been through. "This is the most focused I've been." He adds that he's in 'great condition' entering the season.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf met for over an hour in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, a source told The Undefeated. Among the topics they spoke about was their protests, how they believe they've been misunderstood and the difference between Kaepernick having social media now versus Abdul-Rauf wishing he had it 20 years ago. Abdul-Rauf, 47, protested the national anthem while playing for the Denver Nuggets in 1996 and was suspended one game by the NBA.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose working on the corner three after the Knicks' final training camp practice:


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

West Point men's and women's basketball teams are watching the Knicks' final training camp practice today.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like the rookie initiation process has already begun for Pelicans guard Buddy Hield.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis said all Pelicans players intend to stand for the national anthem at tonight's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks at Bossier City, Louisiana,

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut, Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams and Devin Harris will not travel with the Mavs for their first preseason game. Those veterans will remain in Dallas and work out at the team facility, coach Rick Carlisle said.

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Ben Simmons was drafted to be the new face of the 76ers. How his injury could derail the team's plans to rebuild:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose working on his shot with Knicks coaches after practice on Friday.


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says forward Maurice Ndour has done a nice job helping on defense and finishing around the basket: "He's that guy that provides activity. I really like the way he moves without the ball, cuts to the basket. He rolls and catches. That's really what we want with him."