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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Some of you may have been optimistic about rookie Derrick White's chances of making an immediate impact with the Spurs. Think again. Here's what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about White's role for this season: "There's a spot over on the bench that's going to get polished by the seat of his pants. His role will be to watch, learn and absorb as much as he can. He's a great kid. But there's no room at the end right now. There are going to be other people on the court."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Little Caesars Arena is sparkling for its regular season debut. Tobias Harris is rolling early for the Pistons — he had 17 first quarter points.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich explains here how he made the mistake of trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when the power forward first arrived in San Antonio: "I did talk with him several times during the summer. He just didn't feel comfortable. It's 98.75 percent on me, and whatever's left - because I can't subtract that much - on him. But I tried to change him. I thought back to when Timmy [Duncan] came, and people said, ‘What are you going to do with Tim Duncan?' I said, ‘Nothing. I'm just going to watch him for about six months, see what he does. He's a pretty good player, and if there's something I think I can add, then I'll do it.' With LaMarcus, he got here and on Day 1, I said, ‘OK, you're going to do this, and you're going to do this pump fake.' I tried to change him. I tried to make him a different player, and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we were going to do it differently, and that it was on me, not him."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gordon Hayward's message to fans that aired inside TD Garden before Boston's home-opener: "I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has kept me in their thoughts and prayers. I'm going to be alright. It's hurting me that I can't be there for the home-opener, I want nothing more to be with my teammates and walk out onto that floor tonight."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop said he tried to change LaMarcus Aldridge and make "him a different player" when he first joined the Spurs. Pop admitted to making a mistake there.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Pop said he couldn't watch the Gordon Hayward injury. Happened while he was at dinner. Said he was watching game but looked away for a second. When he was informed about what happened, Pop said he refused to look.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Gordon Hayward will have surgery tonight, his agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Celtics announcer just did Gordon Hayward intro last -- and then showed a video message from Hayward in hospital bed. HUGE ovation.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Tons of support here at The Garden for Gordon Hayward.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Kyrie Irving moments away from his home debut in a Celtics uniform. This building with a completely different vibe after the Gordon Hayward injury. Kyrie will have to shoulder even more of scoring load now -- especially as young guys like Brown and Tatum develop.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

There's a long line of Celtics fans signing a "get well" banner for Gordon Hayward, who suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in Boston's season opener against Cleveland.

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics fans are signing an oversized get well card for Gordon Hayward inside TD Garden before tonight's home opener.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Marcus Georges-Hunt $1.3M contract now has $275K in guaranteed money. The Minnesota small forward had an October 18 trigger date.

Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Kyrie Irving warms up prior to his Celtics home debut at TD Garden.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban on Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr.: "He's the fastest player in the NBA. Not even close."

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Embiid may have a minutes limit, but he got after it pregame

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Joel Embiid with laptop out, looking at film before warmups

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Rachel Marcus ESPN Editor 

Joey Syata, a huge Kyrie Irving fan, has been making these t-shirts since last season's playoffs, to help raise money for children's mental health awareness.

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

The hood is up and headphones on as John Wall gets ready to open his season

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward: "Obviously, there's a physical pain to [his injury] but I think it's also doubled by the emotional pain of, you know, he put a lot of effort into trying to start his career out well in Boston. But this is a setback; we're expecting a full recovery."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says there's no immediate timeline as Gordon Hayward braces for surgery. Stevens does note: "We're expecting a full recovery."

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Bradley Beal warms up a little over 1 hour before his season tips off

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Stevens said that Marcus Smart will start in place of Hayward tonight in home opener against the Bucks.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Brad Stevens on whether Gordon Hayward's injury is season-ending: "I'm not going to speculate or put a timeline on it." Stevens said discussions still ongoing on surgery options.

Nick Metallinos ESPN 

Pregame shootaround for Ben Simmons. He's been on court early practicing a variety of shots and moves

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