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  • Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change (The Associated Press)
    Whatever the Detroit Pistons decide to do when it comes to protests that call for societal change this season, they'll have the support of coach Stan Van Gundy. As NBA teams began gathering Friday to start training camps - three teams hold their first practices Saturday, while 27 others get going in the coming days - an issue each is addressing is how players and coaches can help create substantive change in cities across the country. The NBA and the players' union urged teams this week to develop ideas in a memo this week.

  • Pistons announce promotions, new hires (The Associated Press)
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have promoted Pat Garrity, Adam Glessner and J.R. Holden to senior leadership positions.

  • BDL 25: Russell Westbrook is going to absolutely go nuts this year (Ball Don't Lie)
    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

  • Lakers ready to give World Peace a chance, again (AFP)
    Metta World Peace has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, extending his second stint at the club following his return to the franchise last season, the veteran forward said Wednesday. The 36-year-old, who played 35 games for the Lakers in 2015-2016 after returning from spells in China and Italy, told ESPN he hoped to help mentor younger team-mates in the upcoming season. To play, everything," World Peace told the network.

  • James Harden admits the Rockets' 2015-16 season 'wasn't great at all' (Ball Don't Lie)
    The Houston Rockets were a hot mess last season. Actually, no. The Houston Rockets were a boring mess. By and large, they weren’t that entertaining as they Martyr Ball’d their way through two head coaches and 41 wins in 82 tries prior to what should have been an embarrassing first round defeat at the hands of the mostly Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors.

  • Former Pelicans coach Williams joins Spurs staff (AFP)
    Former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams, who played in the NBA for nine seasons before retiring in 2003, was named Friday as vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. Williams, who played for the Spurs from 1996 to 1998, was an assistant coach on the US gold medal basketball team at last month's Rio Olympics.

  • Ranking Rosters: Measuring depth and continuity on all 30 NBA rosters (Ball Don't Lie)
    In the 1980s, teams climbed for years to reach the NBA mountaintop. Isiah’s Pistons built from within, developed together and added pieces to the puzzle, ascending a playoff round each season, until they eclipsed Bird’s Celtics atop the East in 1998 and unseated Magic’s Lakers for the title a year later.

  • BDL 25: How will the Warriors recover from a historic Finals collapse? (Ball Don't Lie)
    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

  • BDL 25: Will the Pistons ever get into gear? (Ball Don't Lie)
    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. In 2007, Stan Van Gundy took over an Orlando Magic team featuring a ready-made star in Dwight Howard. If we’re to get pedantic, Howard was already a star, having earned an All-Star nod the previous season after just missing the team in 2005-06, but it was the task of turning Howard into a championship contender’s top player that SVG was charged with.

  • Allen Iverson is a Hall of Famer (Ball Don't Lie)
    Allen Iverson led the NBA in scoring four times and steals three times in his career. He is seventh on the NBA’s all-time list in points per game with a 26.7 average, and 11th on the steals list with a 2.2 mark. He led the 2000-01 Philadelphia 76ers to an Eastern Conference championship in what was perhaps the toughest Eastern bracket that particular portion of the country offered for several years prior, and afterward. Due to this and more, he’ll be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. [Follow Dunks Don’t Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from...

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