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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks legends John Starks, Bernard King and Larry Johnson, along with MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow, hosted 8 children at the top of the Empire State Building earlier today via the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

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Dennis Schroder's deal with Atlanta is guaranteed for $62 million over the next four seasons, league sources say. Annual average of $15.5M

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Cover of the Pelicans' new media guide:

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Kevin Durant made his Warriors debut last night. And Russell Westbrook couldn't have cared less:

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike D'Antoni makes his Rockets coaching debut on ESPN tonight against the Lakers, with whom his star-filled rosters had a 67-87 record in 2 seasons. "There was a lot of reasons that we couldn't get what we wanted in L.A.," D'Antoni said. "Nobody's fault, a lot of good intentions, just injuries, people wanting to play a certain way...Not that I'm mad at them, that's just the reality of it. It just wasn't a good fit, for whatever reason."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

In advance of their 2016-17 season opener against the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Wednesday that they have exercised team options for the 2017-18 season on forwards Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle, as well as guard D'Angelo Russell.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Dennis Schroeder and the Hawks have agreed to a four-year, $70 million extension, according to league sources

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander wasn't around to see the tension with his team last season. "I didn't actually see and feel the tension as much as you would if you were in the locker room all the time," he said Wednesday before his team plays the Lakers. "I was told all the time what was going on." With a new group, Alexander said the chemistry has improved. "Now everybody loves each other now, we'll see what happens, it's a love fest," he said. "Hopefully, it will continue and I think we have a great group of guys and we'll see what happens."