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Barnes downplays Fisher confrontation
The Grizzlies forward gave his version of the story with Derek Fisher. Ryen Russillo doesn't know what to believe.
ICYMI: LeBron loves the kids ... and selfies
A school of kids got a king-sized surprise during the Cavs-Hawks preseason game when LeBron James took their phone and snapped a selfie.
Barnes: I went to house to check on sons
Matt Barnes said today that he went to his ex-wife's home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons, and not to confront Knicks coach Derek Fisher. Sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that Fisher and Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday night. Story
Rose: There aren't 92 players better than Kobe
Jalen Rose had an up-close view of Kobe Bryant's greatness when the Lakers' star scored 81 against the Raptors. That's part of the reason Rose disagrees with Kobe at No. 93 on NBArank.
ICYMI: Jefferson jams on 7-foot-3 defender
Cavs forward Richard Jefferson reversed the clock to throw down a thunderous slam against the Hawks. Cleveland's bench went wild for the 35-year-old, to say the least.
How Stephen Curry can get even better
He doesn't have elite size or athleticism, but the reigning MVP is working to strengthen his best skill: lightning fast decision-making. Slowing the game down
The best thing SVP saw today was ...
... when LeBron James let a lucky young fan sit next to him on the bench during a preseason game and even stopped to take a selfie with her once it was time for him to hit the court.
Brooklyn to be short-handed vs. Pistons
The Nets will be without Jarrett Jack (rest), Joe Johnson (rest), Markel Brown (oblique), Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Bojan Bogdanovic (ankle), Thomas Robinson (wrist), Willie Reed (quad) and Sergey Karasev for Thursday’s preseason game against Detroit, the team announced. Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin will start, the New York Post reports. (via Mike Mazzeo)
NBARank features 76ers rookie
Jahlil Okafor joins ESPN's countdown of the league's best players in terms of quality and quantity. Players ranked 81 through 90
ICYMI: Teague gives Cook the business
Hawks All-Star Jeff Teague put Cavs rookie Quinn Cook in the spin cycle with this between-the-legs step-back jumper. Welcome to the NBA, kid.
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Pelicans announce that Omer Asik is out three weeks with a calf strain. NOT what the Pels needed after losing Alexis Ajinca first
Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said James Harden sprained his ankle badly this summer. "He just hasn't played a lot of basketball, just a lot of other stuff to stay in shape," McHale said. "Basketball is basketball and you got to play it to get your feel back and everything." Harden hasn't missed a practice and was supposed to get the second preseason game off but asked to play.
ICYMI: Towns throws down on hustle play
A good way to kick off the preseason as a rookie and No. 1 overall pick? Hustle. See: Karl-Anthony Towns against the Thunder.
Fisher, Barnes in scuffle at L.A. party
Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes were involved in a physical altercation Saturday in Los Angeles at the home of Barnes' ex-wife, sources confirmed to ESPN. The New York Post first reported the story. The NBA, Knicks and Grizzlies are gathering information. Story
Rose: Cavs not the favorite to win title
Jalen Rose doesn't see LeBron James & Co. as the NBA's top squad: "While they are the best team in the Eastern Conference, they’re probably the fifth- or sixth-best team in the entire league."
Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer
No Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili or Boris Diaw for tonight's preseason opener at Sacramento. The team left them behind for rehab and rest. Ginobili expected the vets to be left back in San Antonio.
Robin Lopez: NYC's New Biggest Comics Fan
Robin Lopez made his Knicks debut Wednesday. But that might be the second-most exciting thing to happen to him this week. After all, New York Comic Con is starting ... Lopez opens up on comics
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said team is dealing with “upper respiratory issues” overseas. Amir Johnson (illness), Evan Turner (right knee strain), and Perry Jones III (death in family) are out for Thursday’s exhibition vs. Real Madrid, according to the team. David Lee (illness) is questionable after missing shootaround.
Early drains half-court bucket at buzzer
Knicks F Cleanthony Early sent a prayer up at half-court, and the basketball Gods answered at the buzzer in New York's win over Paschoalotto Bauru.
Leuer dunks all over Boogie Cousins
Watch Jon Leuer dunk on DeMarcus Cousins in the 2nd quarter of the Suns' 102-98 win against the Kings.