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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield, a noted workaholic, said he's trying to keep the long view in mind as he prepares for his first NBA season. "I've got that Kobe Bryant mentality, man. I'm always working, man," he said Friday, a day before his first preseason game. "You never settle for less, ‘cause you never know if this is gonna be the last game you can play. So I always prepare myself to be the best I can be and make sure I'm ready. I'm always putting in work. I understand when they say ‘Take care of your body' and everything, ‘Get your rest.' But I'm doing that, getting massages, stretching, cold tub and all that stuff. It's the best my body's felt in a little while. But I'm always playing like tomorrow's my last game. I'm always in the gym when I can be in the gym."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says there is no clear-cut leader at the 4-spot yet. He said earlier this week that Mirotic, Gibson and Portis were all getting some run with the starting group.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

A slimmer Wesley Matthews feels great about 18 months removed from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Proof:

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Get your legs in shape with the Rockets.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' minutes will be "very limited" in Saturday's preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks in Shreveport, Louisiana. The plan, per Gentry, is to gradually increase Davis' minutes throughout the preseason. Davis underwent an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee in March,

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

On "The Vertical Podcast with Woj," free agent Kendrick Perkins, who played last season with the New Orleans Pelicans, said he still texts and gives advice to Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, and knows that "Coach [Alvin] Gentry love me." But: "How everybody else felt about me around there, that's kind of up for grabs. It [didn't] work out the best way," he said.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Because of all the new players (11 of the 19 on the roster), Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the team is bringing along everybody at a slower pace than years past. Popovich anticipates the whole team will travel to the preseason opener because he thinks it'll help to develop camaraderie and chemistry. In the past, Pop would leave some of the vets back at home.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike D'Antoni and James Harden having a chat.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joakim Noah said he skipped a team dinner with cadets at West Point last in which a colonel spoke because he is uncomfortable in a military environment and against war.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Sixers say ROY favorite Ben Simmons will have a precautionary scan on his right ankle after rolling it late in a camp scrimmage Friday.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite losing two of their top shooters from last season, Russell Westbrook is quite confident the Thunder have enough shooting.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James stumps for J.R. Smith after the fourth day of camp without him.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

In the background, a look at Phil Jackson and Joakim Noah talking during workouts at training camp.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Jeff Hornacek on Kristaps Porzingis' shooting: "I think he's improved greatly from last year just watching him shoot. He's really feeling confident about the shot. His corner 3s seem like they're automatic." NYK thinks Porzingis can improve on his FG% (42% last year) by adding arc to his shot.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson got involved in Thursday's scrimmage after a sloppy sequence. "He got mad at us one time because we was running the offense and we didn't throw the ball into the post," Derrick Rose said. "He came over, kind of grumpy a little bit. That was my first time ever seeing him like that."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said all the back-end-of-the-rotation guys have impressed thus far. He said this of rookie Willy Hernangomez: "Willy's just a very knowledgeable player. He's got a great feel for the game. He's got great finishes. To me, he's like that Marc Gasol type....So he's got a bright future."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek said Phil Jackson and Steve Mills spoke to the team at a meeting on the eve of their first practice in West Point. "These guys know what's at stake. They want to get back in the playoffs and they know they're going to have to ... improve throughout the year to get there."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Hornacek says the Knicks wouldn't hesitate to cut a player on a guaranteed contract to make room on the 15-man roster. The Knicks have 15 guaranteed contracts and would have to cut one player if they wanted to keep a player on a partial-guarantee, such as guard Chasson Randle.