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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers first-year coach Luke Walton's evaluation after his first practice with the team at camp in warmer-than-usual Santa Barbara: "It was obviously a little sloppy at times, but it's day one with putting a lot of new stuff in. A big emphasis on defense today, but guys gave a great effort. They worked hard. It was a hot gym. I think we got some good stuff in."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram said he was "very excited" for his first practice Monday, and he received praise from coach Luke Walton: "You can tell he's been coached and he's been parented correctly...He's an incredible person. He competes but he does what you ask of him. He hasn't complained once since he's been here all summer. He's a phenomenal guy."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick Rose said he didn't mean to slight Chicago when he said recently that he gets more 'love' in NY than CHI: "In Chicago, I think they just got used to seeing me.... That's no knock against them. I can't get mad at them.... All I can do is just work on my game & hope that they continue to look."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes on his limited Team USA role: "It was one of those situations where you have to sacrifice. Obviously when you make the Olympic team, you want to show what you can do on the world's biggest stage. At the same time, winning gold took precedent. We didn't want to be the team that either lost the win streak or didn't come home with the gold. Those are the things that we as a team said we were going to put everything to the side and focus on that, and we came through."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

What was the Cavs' focus for Day 1 of camp? Ty Lue: "Defensively just trying to get our stuff back that we were working on last year. Just started off with a lot of defense today, having a defensive mindset of this is how we're going to win a championship."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Steph Curry when asked if he's optimistic about re-signing w/Golden State in 2017 free agency: "Uh, yes. .... I want to be here. That's it."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Timberwolves have hired Scott Roth, who tutored Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez in Europe, as a pro scout. Roth, who coached Porzingis and Hernangomez in Spain, is well know and respected overseas. He also coached 11 seasons in the NBA and on four national teams. Seems like a great add to the Timberwolves' Pro Scouting department.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Curry: "I want to be back here. I like playing here. And that's it."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry on whether he's optimistic about coming back to the Bay in free agency: "Yes."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

KD was asked about trash talk during Team USA, said there wasn't any. "We rarely talk about basketball"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

KD on his day: "I hit a little traffic..I wasn't used to that in Oklahoma City"

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Durant on fitting into the GSW system: "It's like riding a bike"

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs announced coaching staff news today: Larry Drew has been promoted to associate head coach. He will continue to run the offense along with Tyronn Lue. Damon Jones was elevated from shooting coach to assistant coach. Jim Boylan, Mike Longabardi, James Posey, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko have been retained. Mike Gerrity was promoted to director of player development for the Canton Charge, the Cavs' D-League affiliate. Dan Vincent has been promoted from the video department to Lue's special assistant. And Nate Reinking has been promoted to head coach of the Charge with Melvin Eli and Sam Jones being hired as his assistants.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets player developmental coach Kevin Burleson works on some dribbling techniques with some young players.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr on new center Zaza Pachulia: "I think Zaza will be a coach in the NBA if he wants to go that route."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

After announcing James Harden will become the full-time point guard this upcoming season, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Tuesday Patrick Beverley will remain in the starting lineup. Beverley will move from point guard to shooting guard. The Rockets like to have either a strong defender or shooter who can create alongside Harden. In some situations, Eric Gordon will pair up with Harden. But at the start of games, Harden and Beverley will be on the court. "Oh yeah Pat can play off the ball and on the ball," D'Antoni said. "He's a great defensive player there's a lot of spots he can play."