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"You just don't take it for granted," LeBron James said in talking about the eventual end of his career. "Every time we come out here, we talk to you guys, step out on the floor, we're going to play this game, we love it, but we're on deck." Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The King is already contemplating his reign coming to a close.

LeBron James, on the opening day of training camp for his 14th NBA season, said that the retirements of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and most recently Kevin Garnett have caused him to think about when he and his contemporaries will play their final games.

"It feels like our era is next," James said Tuesday. "That's what it feels like. Me, [Dwyane] Wade, [Carmelo Anthony], [Chris] Bosh. We're next. We're on deck. We're the next group behind those guys. I mean seriously, if you look at it, we're the next group. So that's one of the first things that I thought about, like, once Dirk [Nowitzki], and Vince [Carter], and Paul Pierce decide to go, we're next. You just don't take it for granted. Every time we come out here, we talk to you guys, step out on the floor, we're going to play this game, we love it, but we're on deck."

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Brandon Ingram.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers No. 2 draft pick Brandon Ingram is carrying goals into his rookie season, one of them being to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors.

But Ingram's quest toward that award will begin on the bench rather than being in the starting lineup.

"That drives me," Ingram said during the team's media day on Monday. "If it was given, it wouldn't drive me as much to be the best player that I can be. Just coming off the bench and showing that I can be one of the best players on the floor, I think it just gives me motivation to work hard each and every day."

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San Miguel eyes equalizer (September 28, 2016)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

San Miguel import Elijah Millsap tries to score against Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee during their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal game last Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ginebra won, 115-108. (Courtesy of PBA/Manila Bulletin)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel coach Tim Cone has been in the PBA for so long that winning the first game of a series means nothing at all.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” Cone said after Ginebra’s 115-108 victory over defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 1 of their best-of-five PBA Governors’ Cup series last Monday.

Game 2, however, is a big deal for Cone as another win would put Ginebra up 2-0 and pull within a win shy of advancing to its first finals appearance since a runner-up finish in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.

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Rajon Rondo making a big impact early on for the Chicago Bulls (September 28, 2016)
Nick Friedell [ Source: ESPN ]

Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo gears up for his 11th year in the league and first year as the Chicago Bulls' point guard. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

CHICAGO -- Rajon Rondo has long been regarded as one of the most cerebral players in the NBA, but his ability to coexist with various coaches and teammates has been called into question at every stop during his professional journey. As the veteran point guard gears up for his 11th year in the league, this time as a member of the Chicago Bulls, the early returns have been surprising, given his track record.

Bulls players, coaches and front-office personnel are singing his praises at every turn.

"The biggest thing that I've been most impressed with with Rajon is, the minute he stepped on this floor, when he got back here in August, is he pulled everybody together," Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said after Tuesday's practice. "His voice -- he's got the best voice on the team.

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Castro proves he’s just as lethal despite limited scoring (September 28, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT’s Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGES

After posting 42 points in TNT’s quarterfinal victory over Phoenix, Jayson Castro knew that he’s going to be a marked man in Game 1 of its best-of-5 semifinals series against Meralco.

Though he didn’t get the same offensive explosion, Castro still found away to be just as lethal by passing the rock to his equally skilled teammates, who then delivered.

The Best Player of the Conference candidate finished with 14 points, nine assists, and four rebounds as TNT KaTropa came away with a 113-95 win for a 1-0 series lead in the semis.

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Durham seeks help from locals after game 1 loss (September 28, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Meralco import Allen Durham. PBA IMAGES

Meralco didn’t come out of the halftime break at its best and TNT took full advantage of it.

The Bolts just couldn’t recover from the Michael Madanly-led breakaway and dropped the opening game, 113-95, of their best-of-5 semifinals series.

“We came out in the third quarter a little flat and TNT, they’re the number one team for reason and they capitalized off of our mistakes and you saw what happened,” Durham said.

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Derrick Rose has a clear understanding of his new role with the New York Knicks.

"My job is to come here and help [Carmelo Anthony] win. This is his team," Rose said on Tuesday after his first training camp practice with the Knicks. "In practice to push him, be on him, when I see that he's being lazy or something like that.

"And it's vice versa, he's going to be on me when he needs to push me. It's no bad blood. I'm just here to help him win."

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Madanly provides spark for TNT as Meralco clamps down on Castro (September 28, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT Asian import Michael Madanly. PBA IMAGES

With Meralco tightly guarding Jayson Castro, Michael Madanly stepped up big for TNT.

Unloading 20 of his 22 points in the second half, the Syrian reinforcement’s scorching 4-of-6 three-point shooting propelled the KaTropa past the Bolts, 113-95, in game one their best-of-5 semifinals series on Tuesday.

From a tight 45-43 affair at halftime, Madanly led TNT’s third quarter breakaway to lead by 21, 84-63, in the third frame in a display of the KaTropa’s sheer firepower.

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TNT mauls Meralco for 1-0 semis lead (September 28, 2016)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Being a sister team to Meralco means nothing to TNT KaTropa. PBA Media Bureau photo

TNT KaTropa manhandled Meralco at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday to gain a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five PBA Governors' Cup semifinals series.

The Texters had no mercy for their sister team and unleashed a decisive flurry in the third canto before closing out the Bolts, 113-95, in their series opener.

TNT had more scoring options, with five players coming up with double-digit outputs.

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Julius Erving sells majority rights to 'Dr. J' name, image (September 28, 2016)
Darren Rovell [ Source: ESPN ]


Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving sold majority rights to his name and image to Authentic Brands Group on Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources say that Erving will get an upfront guarantee as well as royalties associated with the deal.

As part of the contract, ABG has filed for the trademark to "Dr. J" as well as Erving's signature in the US and in various countries.

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