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DeMar DeRozan's quest for Kobe's mantle

The Raptors guard grew up in Kobe Bryant's shadow. Now, he's rising out of it to chase the Mamba's throne.

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Sharing the swagger with Love

It's tough to feel great when you're dealing with cancer. But for one night, Kevin Love is working to help them at least look great -- and have fun doing it.

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Doris Burke confused by Drake's advances (1:50)
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Wizards guard John Wall has 6 points through 3 quarters after scoring 52 points in his last game

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo was suspended for Monday's game because of a verbal altercation with assistant coach Jim Boylen. Several reports said Rondo threw a towel in Boylen's face, but Rondo wouldn't confirm that detail. Boylen used to serve on Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio. Before Thursday's game between the Bulls and Spurs, Popovich was asked if he'd ever take a chance on a great player who had an attitude problem. "As long as he promised ahead of time not to throw a towel at me," Popovich said.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Comic relief of the night: Pau Gasol just tried to go to the wrong locker room. Nah bruh, you're a Spur now.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

One of the first guys out for the Spurs: you guessed it Kawhi Leonard.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

In a microcosm of their season, the Wizards' scoreboards aren't working, so the PA announcer at Verizon Center is having to announce the score after every basket. The Wizards haven't given him much to do; they trail the Nuggets 20-8 late in the first quarter.

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During the first timeout of the first quarter, the Raptors played a video tribute to DeMar DeRozan, who became the franchise's all-time leader in games played. Tonight is DeRozan's 543rd career game (all with the Raptors), one more than Morris Peterson played in a Toronto uniform.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday (left turf toe) and E'Twaun Moore (right toe contusion) both not expected to play tonight vs. Philly.

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Two people are suing the Kings' Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins over an alleged assault at a New York nightclub. es.pn/2hkYcmz

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (groin strain) declared himself out for Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors. Speaking to reporters at a community event on Thursday, Thomas said: "I won't be playing [Friday]. But [his Celtics teammates will] be ready. I'm going to do whatever I can to get back out there on the court. It's eating me alive to not be able to participate, not to be able to play, but I gotta be smart about this because i don't want this to linger on for the rest of the season."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Another topical social media post from Carmelo Anthony today. The most logical conclusion here is that Carmelo's referencing Phil Jackson's critique of his ball movement:

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie player 46 games over the past two seasons with Detroit and averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Grizzlies announced contract extensions for their top three basketball executives: GM Chris Wallace, executive VP of basketball operations John Hollinger and executive VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski. "Chris, John and Ed bring a wealth of NBA experience and success, and have done a tremendous job establishing the strong culture that I believe is necessary to ensure sustained success in this ultra-competitive environment," owner Robert Pera said in a statement. "More importantly, I am confident that the toughness, resilience, discipline and unselfishness that are embedded in the fabric of our culture will continue to serve as a point of pride for Memphis, the surrounding region and all Grizzlies fans."

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers starting point guard D'Angelo Russell, who has missed 10 games with a sore left knee, participated in non-contact drills during practice Thursday, but Lakers coach Luke Walton said Russell won't return to action until he completes a full practice or at least plays in a competitive 3-on-3 drill. Russell said he feels great and is just trying to "knock the rust off" for the time being.