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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers had referees at practice Friday and they were instructed not to call ticky-tack fouls, but forward Julius Randle was hit in the mouth and began bleeding. He stayed in for the next drill. It's not clear if he'll need stitches. "I think they missed that [foul]," Lakes coach Luke Walton said of the officials. "When another guys is bleeding, it's usually a sign they got fouled."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Sixers just announced further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered before a timetable on Ben Simmons is issued.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League source confirms @BobCooney76 report: Ben Simmons indeed has suffered a fracture in his right foot

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Luke Walton was asked to evaluate how the Lakers' rookies sang to a crowd Thursday night. "I respected the effort but not impressed with the talent," he said. Years ago, Walton endured plenty of rookie hazing alongside veterans such as Shaq and Kobe Bryant, though he wouldn't clarify what exactly happened. "Yeah, I've seen a shrink about it," Walton said with a grin. "Had to block that out of my life."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lakers' practices have featured fun competitions under new head coach Luke Walton, including a 3-point shoot-out, one-on-one battles and a home-run pass challenge. " I definitely wasn't expecting that," says point guard D'Angelo Russell. "It feels like you're going back to your roots, going back to high school days and stuff like that, where you're just competing and laughing about it at the same time."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Early leader in the clubhouse for the best NBA promotion: on 2/26, the Bucks are giving away a Miles Plumlee bobblehead toothbrush holder

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Joakim Noah on a lesson learned from Kevin Garnett, who greeted him with a curse word when Noah told Garnett he was his favorite player. "I'll never tell anybody that they're my favorite player in the league ever again," he said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah told Kevin Garnett he was his favorite player the first time they played. Garnett greeted him with a phrase unfit for print. "For my whole career he's kind of been motivation to get in the gym in the summer," Noah said. "Playing against the Celtics, those were always games you circled on the calendar."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah on why he decided to skip the Knicks' dinner at West Point: "It's hard for me a little bit. I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it's hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world. So I have mixed feelings about being here. I'm very proud of this country. I love America but I just don't understand kids killing kids around the world." More of his thoughts are quoted in a story on ESPN.com.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Love on people speculating about his fit or lack thereof on the Cavs: "I don't think it will ever leave but frankly, I don't give a s---."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron getting up shots with Mike Dunleavy. Told him he feels like Moses playing with guys like Dunleavy, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, James Jones, J.R. Smith because the defense parts like the Red Sea to guard the perimeter and lets him drive.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

Among the sporting luminaries at the Ryder Cup today: Michael Phelps, Adrian Peterson and this guy -- Michael Jordan, who has served as a de facto vice captain for the U.S. team in previous years.