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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says there's no one way to defend LeBron James: "I think you have to go in and get a feel of the game, kind of get a feel of how he's playing and his mindset. Every game is totally different."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

How's Derrick Rose feeling before his Knicks debut? "I'm anxious, nervous a little bit. But usually when I feel those emotions something good will come out of it, so this is just a new beginning for me. And I can't wait."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Jackets that Cavaliers will wear tonight for ring ceremony, banner raising & season opener ($110)

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Anderson is getting the start tonight in place of Danny Green.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Golden State Warriors begin their title defense tonight as 9-point home favorites against the San Antonio Spurs, per Westgate.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on the #SagerStrong t-shirts the Celtics wore at practice: "These are Craig Sager. A guy that means a lot to this game of basketball. A guy who means a lot to the NBA, the NBA family. And we just wish him well, and we're praying for him and his family daily. The shirts are nice. They look like something he would wear. I wouldn't wear them but I know he would."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas on owning Brooklyn's future draft picks: "I worry about scoring the ball, getting my teammates involved, and winning games. I don't know nothing about those first-round picks. And I wasn't a first-round pick so I don't care about first-rounders."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas on his goals for the 2016-17 season: "To be another All-Star. All-NBA. Win a playoff series and go from there. That wasn't in order, but those are definitely goals of mine. And first off I definitely want to win a playoff series."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart on being sidelined for the start of the season due to an ankle injury: "It sucks. It does suck just because you work so hard and, especially with these guys out here, you've been in the battles in practice and the fighting, and preseason. I mean, the last game of preseason you get hurt."

Chris Haynes 

Kevin Durant on narrative that this era isn't competitive enough: "I disagree. In between the lines, we're just as competitive. I don't know about that other stuff they're talking about. I don't know what they're trying to say, but if you step on the court with anyone of us, we're going to go at you and that's how it is."

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

LeBron ice sculpture by Quicken Loans Arena

Adam Reisinger 

The Cavs have literally rolled out the red carpet for fans tonight.

Adam Reisinger 

The giant LeBron James banner in Cleveland has a new addition: the gold tab on the back of the neck to signify the Cavs' 2016 NBA championship.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, Rockets guard Pat Beverley underwent surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Beverley announced on Twitter he'll be out three weeks. (This photo is of Beverley talking with Mike D'Antoni at Monday's practice.)

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

It's sneaker season around the NBA now. Steph with the Curry 3s in baby blue

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine went through all of practice. Fred Hoiberg expects him to play on opening night. Valentine missed over two weeks because of a sprained ankle.