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Warriors' offense adjusting around Kevin Durant (September 30, 2016)
J.A. Adande [ Source: ESPN ]

After Kevin Durant's first scrimmages with his new Warriors squad, it's become apparent that the team will adjust around him, not the other way around. And that's just fine with Golden State, even if it means reduced minutes for some. EPA/John G. Mabanglo

OAKLAND -- It's taken Kevin Durant all of three days to restructure the paradigm for the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors.

"He doesn't have to fit in with us," Andre Iguodala said. "We have to fit in with him."

Durant's ability is that transcendent. He's been so assertive in scrimmages that he stands out even on a court that has three other members of last season's All-Star team and the back-to-back Most Valuable Player.

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Kevin Durant: Warriors want me to be aggressive, take shots (September 30, 2016)
Ethan Sherwood Strauss [ Source: ESPN ]

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been encouraged to be aggressive by his new teammates. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant said he isn't worried about how many shots he takes per game with the Warriors this season, but Draymond Green made it clear Thursday that the former Thunder star's new team wants him to be aggressive.

When asked after practice what a comfortable number of shots might be for him, Durant responded: "I'm not gonna get into that. I may shoot 25 shots one game, I may shoot 7."

Durant on Thursday said Green has encouraged him to be more aggressive than he was during Thursday's training camp session.

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Derrick Rose said that along with the triangle, the Knicks have been using pick-and-roll in the offense under coach Jeff Hornacek. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Here’s how Derrick Rose described the triangle offense after running it for two practices with the New York Knicks:

“It’s complicated a little bit right now because it’s new to us. It’s foreign. But I think the more we work on it and the way the coaches are putting it into the offense, it’s [going to get] little bit easier,” Rose said after Thursday’s practice.

“[There’s] like 40 to 50 options on one side of the floor. It’s like giving you your space for creativity. It’s like if you’re doing it the right way, you could do everything you want, you could freelance but you just got to know where you’re going.”

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International Basketball

A COMBINED pro-amateur selection will banner the Philippines’ bid in the FIBA 3x3 World Championship on Oct. 11 to 15 in Guangzhou, China.

Comprising the Philippine team are Rey Guevarra of Meralco, Karl Dehesa of Globalport, and Gilas 5.0 stalwarts Mark Belo and Russel Escoto, both products of Far Eastern University.

The Philippines is bracketed in the Men’s Pool C with Poland, Romania, Spain and Hungary.

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San Miguel, Ginebra break tie (September 30, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

San Miguel import Elijah Millsap is triple-teamed by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Joe Devance (38), Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio during their PBA semifinal game last Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Beermen won, 95-92, to tie their best-of-five series at 1-1. (Rio Deluvio/Manila Bulletin)

Another down the wire finish is expected between sibling rivals San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they dispute a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen avoided a dreadful 0-2 hole last Wednesday when they hacked out a thrilling 95-92 victory behind the heroics of import Elijah Millsap and a wounded reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.

Millsap scored 23 points, including a two-handed slam that sealed the final score while Fajardo finished with 18 points and 23 rebounds despite sustaining a cut in his right eyebrow.

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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't want Kevin Garnett to retire after last season. But now that he has, Lue wants KG to join his coaching staff. Said Lue: "I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach." David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- "The Kid" has an open post-retirement invitation to pursue coaching in The Land.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that Kevin Garnett, who retired from the Minnesota Timberwolves after 21 seasons last week, is welcome to join his coaching staff.

"I talked to him about it," Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back -- 'I might do it' -- but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."

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Jimmy Alapag. PBA Media Bureau

Meralco guard Jimmy Alapag is moving closer to becoming the PBA’s all-time leader in three-point shots made – now just six away from surpassing legendary shooter Allan Caidic.

On Thursday, Alapag made all four of his three-point attempts, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as his team tied their semis series with TNT, 1-all.

But the ‘Mighty Mouse’ not only provided the Bolts a lift on the floor, he also served notice after inching closer to the all-time record. With at least two more games – and possibly more, if they advance to the finals – left in his Meralco’s season, Alapag’s coach Norman Black believes that reaching Caidic’s mark is definitely a possibility for the veteran guard.

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TNT ‘outhustled’ in only 2nd loss this conference, says Castro (September 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT KaTropa. PBA IMAGES

Benched for the entire fourth quarter, Jayson Castro explained that TNT opted to save his energy for Game 3 with Meralco already firing on all cylinders.

“Up by 20 na sila. Maganda ang laro ng Meralco eh. Coaches’ decision yun para na lang din mas fresh ako sa third game,” he said after TNT’s 106-91 Game 2 loss to Meralco.

Despite only playing three quarters, the frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference still nabbed 24 points and four assists.

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Jeremy Lin: 'Charlotte was a breath of fresh air' (September 30, 2016)
Mike Mazzeo [ Source: ESPN ]

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin says he rediscovered his love of basketball last season while playing for the Charlotte Hornets.

"I think for a while I lost that joy for the game. For a while, it wasn't fun playing," Lin said during an interview the Nets conducted Thursday on Facebook Live.

"The low point was obviously my rookie year -- going to the D-League, getting cut, [and] those things -- but I had experienced New York and everything, and I was getting down to another really low point. And that was tough for me, especially my season in L.A."

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 Jimmy Alapag returned to his vintage self in Game 2 of the Meralco vs TNT semifinals series. PBA Media Bureau photo

After getting manhandled in Game 1, Meralco returned the favor to sister team TNT KaTropa and crushed the Texters, 106-91, on Thursday to level their best-of-five semis series in the PBA Governors' Cup.

Import Allen Durham threw his weight around and scored 31 markers to go with his 19 rebounds. He also got the backing from Meralco locals, with Chris Newsome firing 17 points and securing 10 rebounds.

“Mighty Mouse” Jimmy Alapag turned back the clock by going 4-out-of-4 from the three-point area to finish with 16 points and four assists.

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