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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

There's no Lonzo Ball statue yet but he and the Lakers starters have cardboard cutouts outside of Staples Center.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

On the big board pregame it just flashed "Welcome Back Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott." That's a first for former OKC players making their return. The team doesn't do tribute videos, but did a little extra for fan favorite Kanter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Oklahoma City crowd gives a long, loud ovation to ex-Thunder Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony warming up before tonight's game:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Beasley warming up before tonight's game:

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball is wearing the Ball No. 2 Dodgers jersey the team gave him when he threw out the first pitch.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan stretching out with trainer Robbie Davis before tonight's season opener against the Lakers.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball arrived at Staples Center 3 hours and 10 minutes before tonight's season opener.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Lonzo Ball arrives at Staples Center for his first regular season NBA game.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting tonight for the Knicks: Ramon Sessions, Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee.

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Lonzo Ball just arrived at Staples Center more than three hours before his Lakers debut wearing a Dodgers jersey.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Ingram has arrived at Staples Center for the Lakers' season opener.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul George getting some shots up before tonight's Knicks-Thunder game:

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says Jarrett Jack and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are the Knicks' two inactives tonight.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kind of a playoff-like feel in the arena in OKC tonight. They've got shirts on the seats, lots of media in the building. Got it all, except for the whole two good teams part.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis lists his individual goals in an interview with Players Tribune: "As far as individual goals…I want to make the All Star Game, I want to be Defensive Player of the Year and I also feel like I could be the Most Improved Player of the Year.... If I do those three things then that's going to help the team win a lot." Porzingis added that team success trumps individual goals. The full interview call be found on the Players Tribune website.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Gordon Hayward's surgery involved "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization." No timetable for recovery.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked how he slept the night before his first pro game, Lonzo Ball said he slept well and always tries to get a good sleep in so he can have "good dreams."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton says Josh Hart (Achilles) is out.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton expects veterans like Patrick Beverley to "come after" Lonzo Ball tonight. Walton says experienced players like going after rookies, especially ones that come with hype and attention like Ball.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek was asked about Carmelo Anthony saying Wednesday that he felt 'stabbed in the back' by management last year. He said repeatedly that he didn't want to talk about last season and is just looking ahead at this point.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek has been impressed by Kristaps Porzingis' shot selection in preseason games & scrimmages: "I think the confidence that he got over the summer in Eurobasket, it was great for him being the main guy. He's willing to take the big shots. And I think the big thing is, he's not forcing anything. In these games and practices, he's not going off and going, 'Just give me the ball and let me do something.' He's playing within what we're doing. When the shot's there, he's taking it. He's trying to make extra plays. And being part of the main guy is not just shooting the basketball. It's making a play, whether it's for yourself or for one of your teammates. So he's doing a great job of that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek on if Kristaps Porzingis is ready to be the face of the Knicks: "Well, he has to grow into that position. You just don't flip a switch and then all of a sudden, you're that guy. There will be some ups and downs, there will be games where he looks like that guy and then another game, maybe not. But like you said, he's only 22 years old so you can't put all this type of pressure on this kid to be that guy right now. We want him to grow to that, we want our other guys to be a part of it. They've got to rely on each other as a team on both sides of the ball and just play and let things happen that way."

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Golden State forward Draymond Green underwent an MRI on his left knee and results came back negative, league sources told ESPN. Great news for Warriors fans.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis on his mindset as the face of NYK going forward: "I never doubt myself. I never feel like I'm not ready for something even if it's the most difficult challenge in my life. I always try to think about the things I'm capable of doing and focus on those things and focus on the thing I can affect. I'm never too afraid of a situation. I'm here now, I had a great experience watching Melo how he does stuff on and off the court. I think that's what I'm going to use to go forward."