Harden and Westbrook back together to chase title…

James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can't wait to prove that they'll work just fine together despite what the critics say

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

Column: A messy response from LeBron to the mess the NBA faces in China

North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup…

North Korea held South Korea to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifying soccer match played in an empty stadium in Pyongyang

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Lakers' Anthony Davis grateful thumb injury isn't serious

Anthony Davis hopes to return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup for their next preseason game after confirming his thumb injury isn't serious

After Russ: It's a new start for the Oklahoma City Thunder

Westbrook is gone, Chris Paul returns, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have pushed the reset button

Zion Williamson makes new-look Pelicans a compelling draw

The NBA preseason has provided a tantalizing taste of the excitement Zion Williamson the league's top overall draft choice _ a charismatic, 6-foot-6, 285-pound force of nature _ could bring to New Orleans' long moribund small-market franchise

Young Denver Nuggets set sights much higher this season

The Denver Nuggets' challenge is guarding against letting up after they ended a six-year playoff drought last year and won their first playoff series since 2009

Towns, Timberwolves take stronger chemistry into season

Towns, Timberwolves take stronger chemistry into fresh-start season with Saunders on sideline

Jimmy's era: Butler arrives in Miami, and Heat hopes soar

With Dwyane Wade retired, Heat now in the hands of Jimmy Butler _ and expectations in Miami are high

Defending champion Raptors experimenting after departures

Raptors open title defense in experimental mode after high-profile departures of Leonard, Green

From tank to title talk, 76ers primed for championship run

Philadelphia 76ers believe they are good enough to win Eastern Conference, make run at NBA championship

Pistons still in the murky middle, hoping to show progress

In a league with so many teams either contending or rebuilding, the Detroit Pistons haven't been doing much of either

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Oladipo's absence forces Pacers to lean on Turner, new faces

Myles Turner looks around the Indiana Pacers locker room and sees a whole new team

Expectations still high for Celtics after Irving's departure

With All-Star Kemba Walker on board, expectations remain high for Celtics following Kyrie Irving's departure

Trae Young gladly accepts roles as new face of the Hawks

Trae Young gladly accepted his role as the new face of the Atlanta Hawks, but he knows he'll have to step up his game even more to make this franchise relevant in the NBA

Blazers want to take next step after playoff success

The Trail Blazers got a taste of playoff success last season and that's shifted their mindset

Doncic, Porzingis lead way in life after Nowitzki for Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks now belong to the young Euro pairing of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis with longtime star Dirk Nowitzki retired

MVP Giannis looks to improve as Bucks' leader this season

Last season's loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals stung Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nets now cool team; chance for more success with new players

Nets coach Kenny Atkinson knows things are looking up in Brooklyn with new additions

Without George to start, Clippers still among NBA's best

The Los Angeles Clippers shocked the NBA by landing two superstars to go with a proven supporting cast

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Knicks may be short on talent but vow to show toughness

Knicks may be short on talent but vow to show toughness; Marcus Morris says New York has players who will compete every night

In Orlando, everyone's back and expectations are high

Coming off a playoff berth and with basically everyone back, expectations are up this season in Orlando

With promising core, Bulls set sights on playoff position

With a promising young core, the Chicago Bulls see themselves challenging for their first Eastern Conference playoff spot since a first-round exit in 2017