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It’s the preseason, and we’ve already got fresh J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart beef. PRESEASON!

Smith and Aron Baynes got into a scrap in the first quarter of the Celtics and Cavaliers preseason game on Saturday night. The two were battling in the low post and got tangled up and had to be separated after Smith shoved Baynes across the chest.

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The Raptors have never been more talented after trading for Kawhi Leonard, but they need Kyle Lowry to stay on track and quickly embrace change, which he hasn’t always done.

VANCOUVER — When former Villanova assistant Billy Lange — one of the few men Kyle Lowry has ever trusted — left for a better opportunity, Lowry didn’t speak to him for six years. In Houston, when Lowry’s former coach, Rick Adelman, was replaced by Kevin McHale, he had a hard time adjusting to the latter’s rigidity. Early last year, he struggled to find his way in the Raptors’ revamped, egalitarian offense before getting on board.

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The relationship between Luke Walton and LeBron James has started off strong.

Almost immediately after LeBron James signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, there was speculation regarding the future of Luke Walton as head coach of the team.

Walton will be James’ fourth head coach in six years and the seventh in his 15-year career. You can argue the reasons to why that is, but head coaches historically are given a shorter leash with James on the roster.

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If Jimmy Butler's reported trade request last week came as a surprise to you, don't worry, you weren't alone. Even Butler's Timberwolves teammates were apparently caught off guard by his decision. During a recent interview, Taj Gibson, who was teammates with Butler on the Bulls and often works out with him in the offseason, said the news came like a "right hook."

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He knows he’s a better defender than other players who make all-defensive teams, but will anyone else realize it as long as he stays with the Warriors?

Klay Thompson sat down with Stadium’s Shams Charania this week. The big headline out of the interview hovers around Thompson’s declaration that he knows that he’s a better defender than some of the players who have been on the NBA All-Defense teams the last couple of years.

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LOS ANGELES: LeBron James warned Los Angeles Lakers fans not to expect an immediate challenge to the dominance of the Golden State Warriors as the NBA superstar addressed the media for the first time here Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

The 33-year-old four-time NBA MVP joined the Lakers in July on a four-year $154 million deal which was sealed just weeks after his Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten by the Warriors for the third time in four years.

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