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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Al Horford: "I'm not sure about [being the missing piece], but I know that I'm gonna help our team be better."

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp and his surgically-repaired shoulder will be reevaluated in mid-October to judge the next step in his recovery. Said Olynyk: "It's day-to-day, week-to-week, see you how you feel, testing the strength, testing the limits and go from there."

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The woman in the Derrick Rose case has asked the court to reconsider its ruling to reveal her name in open court. es.pn/2dxWdcw

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"To be quite frank with you, I don't want to win 74 games." Draymond Green says the goal is a title, not wins: es.pn/2dxX2lL

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Protesters, no vandals, did this here in Charlotte last week.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder on possible NBA protests: "I think us, as athletes, we have to take advantage of the stage we're on. We're at a high level, we're held on a high level, we have a platform to shed light on a situation in a positive way, try to make positive out of it. You can't fix negative problems with negative energy. I don't want to do anything negative, I want to do something positive to shed light on the situation."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens on talking to his players about national anthem protests in other sports: "We have sat down as a team and discussed and talked about it, and I think the biggest thing is that we all really value the freedoms that we have, and we certainly support individual freedom. It's been great to engage in those discussions, it's been really fun for me to hear about how excited our guys are about using their platforms to promote good things."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Ainge on Paul Pierce announcing this will be his final season: "I think Paul could play for a few more years, so I'll believe [he's retiring] when I see it. … The thing that stands out more to me than anything about Paul -- after all the great shots and great plays and everything else he did here -- was just watching him, sitting right outside my office, seeing him come in at midnight and work on his game, work on his conditioning. He really loved the game."

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Hey the debate I want is The General Robert Montgomery Knight /Trump guy) vs @mcuban (a Hillary guy also a Hoosier /I will be the moderator

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher will join Spectrum SportsNet as a game day studio analyst for Lakers coverage this season, the network announced Monday. Fisher, who played 12 1/2 seasons and won five championships with the Lakers, will make about 20 appearances this season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee said Jeff Horancek told him that he needed to work on conditioning because the Knicks are ‘going to run a lot' this season. NY ranked in the bottom 10 in pace the past three seasons. Seems like Hornacek hopes to change that. Hornacek's Phoenix teams pushed the pace.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brandon Jennings says this year feels like a ‘new beginning' - in part because his Achillies injury is fully healthy. "I'm back to looking like my rookie year again, skinny - which is okay with me…. I feel like this is an opportunity for me to prove myself again & come back. Be Brandon Jennings again."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis is excited about the return of Lance Thomas: "I told him at the end of the season, 'Don't leave us, you've got to stay with us'.... He's not the guy that everybody adores but he's going to do the work and he's there every night." Thomas was re-signed to 4-year, $27 million deal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is in better shape than he's been ‘in a long time' due to playing in the Olympics. "That gave me an opportunity to come into training camp ready." NYK hopes to ease the scoring burden on Anthony, so it's reasonable to expect his assists to increase from last year's career high of 4.3

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis had a fresh approach to weight training this season: "Last offseason, we made a little mistake that all I did was work upper body and try to get bigger. This offseason, I really focused on my lower strength, my legs, core, make sure that it's strong."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. said of the national anthem protests by athletes, "Obviously something needs to be done about this in the United States today, but as far as my stance, we as a team are currently in discussions of what we're going to do as a group, as a whole. That's something that I think as the brand of the Los Angeles Lakers [we] can really make an impact on. We have a while to figure everything out and put our bases in check. As a group, we will do something." Nance added that the Lakers' coaching staff and front office have told the players that they'll support whatever decision the players reach.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

At the intersection of North Caldwell and East Trade Street, where the Hyatt House in uptown boarded up several windows due to damage from Wednesday night's riots here in Charlotte, several local artists -- on an open invitation by the hotel -- worked to paint murals, including a tribute to Keith Scott, over the plywood to help jumpstart the healing process.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Why does this year feel different for Derrick Rose? "I have a lot more options. I have shooters & I can play through someone almost the entire game. (It could be) Melo or it could be KP. This whole time we've been playing pickup, they want me to attack and me attacking opens (things) up."