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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo had high praise for Brad Stevens while discussing his former coach after Wednesday's practice. "He's probably the most positive coach I've ever played for," Rondo said. "Always onto the next play, very inspiring, very encouraging. As a player, you want to play for a guy like a Brad Stevens. He's just real positive."

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The Warriors lost their home opener Tuesday night by 29 points. In the previous two seasons, Golden State lost four regular-season home games by a combined 25 points.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine is hopeful he'll be able to play in opener. Says his ankle is feeling "great."

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden getting some work in with John Lucas.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The man who signs the checks, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, is at shootaround.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams says he didn't watch Spurs-Warriors. "I was watching cartoons, mate," he said. "Some Japanese anime."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Conley on the Grizzlies missing two starters to open the season: "We have a lot of young guys who are going to have to learn quickly and be ready to go."