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#NBArank Nos. 101-110

The #NBArank countdown is closing in on the league's top 100 players. See who barely missed out on the century mark, including L.A. newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Paul Pierce.

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Heat C Whiteside eyes return in another week

Hassan Whiteside believes he'll need about another week to recover from a strained right calf that has sidelined the Miami Heat center through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Curry's confidence is at 1,000 percent (0:41)
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The journey back for Heat's gentle giant

Enduring the first week of a rigorous training camp gave Miami Heat star forward Chris Bosh only a taste of the battle he's facing in his return to normalcy.

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Clock management: Tissot signs deal with NBA

The NBA and Swiss watchmaker Tissot announced a comprehensive multiyear partnership on Monday that both hope will lead to the most complex timekeeping in sports history.

Howard: 'I feel great, training camp was awesome' (1:50)
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3dBaxter Holmes

Mentoring Mamba shares what he knows

While a generational divide no doubt exists between Kobe and a fledgling trio the Lakers hope will be their future core, he aims to bridge the gap.

Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)
Face to Face with Isiah Thomas (9:20)
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2dMichael Wallace

Bosh: 'I've only gained' in comeback from clots

Chris Bosh made his first three shots, scored a team-high 14 points and delivered a between-the-legs bounce pass to Dwyane Wade for a score in his return from blood clots in his lung.

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LeBron eyes healthy choices in season ahead

As he enters his 13th season with his 31st birthday coming up in December, James isn't going into the season expecting to miss games to avoid injury.

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Players warming up quickly to Fred Hoiberg

While Bulls players respected former coach Tom Thibodeau, the early returns suggest few are shedding tears that he is gone.

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Watkins: Can James Harden do even more?

From his new $200 million sneaker deal to his celebrity profile, everything is getting bigger for James Harden. What the Rockets are expecting from their star is no different, Calvin Watkins writes.


Rewind: Jordan announces retirement

On Oct. 6, 1993, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his first retirement from the game of basketball.


Nets Markel Brown to miss preseason

An update with be given on Brown (left oblique strain) following the completion of the preseason, the team added. Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist) and Willie Reed (quad) also did not practice Tuesday. Brooklyn next faces the Pistons on Thursday.

Chris Bosh's journey back

The Heat star is back to work after facing a life-threatening illness. "I take it as though I got rest. I've had all this time to really build back up," Bosh said. "I'm back playing basketball, so my mental health is back where it is supposed to be." Back to normalcy

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Isaiah Thomas in midseason form at using the 2-for-1 as an excuse to shoot a 25-footer off the dribble.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

I get the skepticism, but I think David Lee is going to be effective in the Celtics' pick-and-roll game. Back-to-back nice finishes.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Among the Mavs who will miss at least the first two preseason games: Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Chandler Parsons (knee), Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and Deron Williams (calf).

Curry knows his 3-pointer is all that

When you know your shot is money, you just high five your teammate in the midst of the swish. That's exactly what Warriors guard Stephen Curry did.


Trail Blazers honor UCC shooting victims

The Portland team held a touching moment of silence in remembrance and support of those affected by the UCC shootings.


Ian Begley @IanBegley

Porzingis says fans on the street tell him, " 'KP, you’d better be healthy and bring us a championship.’ Stuff like that. I love the fans."

Grantland: Clippers on the edge of glory

Zach Lowe writes the Clippers have had three cracks at an NBA title with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in their primes. This fourth try could be their last. Time to make the leap

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Claws out: How a Hawks regime fell

ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst provide the low down on how a tangle inside the Hawks' front office led to a racially-charged scandal and the sale of the franchise. Story

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Have been noticing a little pocket on the back of the shirts the players wear under their jerseys. Those pockets contain heart monitors that all the players wear during workouts so the team can monitor their exertion.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

LaMarcus Aldridge was held out of today's workout because of tightness in his IT band, according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Apparently the muscle runs along the thigh bone, according to Popovich's demonstration on an unsuspecting reporter.

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LaMarcus Aldridge didn't want to be held out of Tuesday's workout. Gregg Popovich joked: "Welcome to the Spurs."

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Patty Mills so far has hit nine in a row from this spot.

Can this Miami Heat's starting 5 jell?

“One of the biggest concerns could be spacing and 3-point shooting,” said ESPN's Israel Gutierrez on the high expectations this year's deeper Heat team will face.


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Kevin Love has progressed to halfcourt, full contact 3-on-3 drills over the last two days of practice.

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

Hoiberg says he went to Rose's home Monday to go over sets with him. Says Rose's eye is still swollen shut as he continues to heal.

Half-court jumper for $30K? No problem

A military member had to have felt good about Cavs G J.R. Smith's taking a half-court shot to win $30K. But when Smith pulled up for a jumper without a running start?


Rivers to team: Put down your cellphones

The Clippers will head to the NBA's Global Games in China next week and coach Doc Rivers hopes it will force his team to bond. "You're on a plane for 13 hours together, you're in another country, hopefully their cellphones don't work, so they have to talk to each other. It's a forced week together… it can't be bad, let's put it that way."

Is Harden your No. 1 draft pick?

Our NBA fantasy rankings are out, and the statistical juggernaut that is James Harden is quite high on the list. Was he able to grab the No. 1 spot? Top 200 fantasy rankings

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Stauskas out two weeks with injured tibia

Philly guard Nik Stauskas will be sidelined for two weeks with a right tibia stress reaction, but should be ready for the start of the season. Stauskas hasn't seen any court action since last Thursday.