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Bulls G Ball: Can't run, jump pain-free

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CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball said Tuesday he can't run at full speed or jump and still experiences pain in his left knee walking up stairs.

Ball spoke ahead of his scheduled surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The team said last week he would undergo an arthroscopic debridement and be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.

Ball said doctors are "going in there to see" exactly what the extent of the injury is and fix it. He did not have a timeframe for his recovery, though expects to play this season.


Celtics find some normalcy in practice

BOSTON (AP) Joe Mazzulla didn't want his first practice as the Celtics interim coach to feel any different than his previous three years as an assistant.

So when he arrived at the team's facility Tuesday for Boston's first training camp workout, he did his best to keep everything about his routine the same, right down to where he parked.


Nash not bothered by Durant's demands

NEW YORK (AP) The final days of a disappointing Brooklyn Nets season ended not with Ben Simmons on the floor with his teammates, but on the floor of his home, the pain from a back injury shooting through his lower body.

The Nets would go on to get swept by the Boston Celtics, with Simmons having back surgery shortly thereafter. While Simmons was rehabbing in the summer, Kevin Durant requested a trade - unless coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks were fired.


76ers' Tucker brings missing toughness

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Joel Embiid slung a towel over his shoulder and ditched his sneakers somewhere on the McAlister Field House court as he walked toward an ice tub. He stripped his socks, sunk his size-17 feet into the frosty water and started shooting the breeze with P.J. Tucker.

Just about 5 1/2 months ago, they were adversaries - Tucker, the relentless trash-talker and defender who helped the Miami Heat knock out the Sixers in the playoffs; Embiid, the NBA scoring champion who openly stumped for Philadelphia to land a player like Tucker barely 30 minutes after the season ended in Game 6.


Minus Sarver, Suns hoping for title run

PHOENIX (AP) All-Stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul, along with freshly paid Deandre Ayton and coach Monty Williams, are back together for another run at an elusive NBA title.

One man who apparently won't be along on the journey - team owner Robert Sarver.


Bucks' Middleton to miss season's start

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton probably won't be available for the beginning of the season after undergoing surgery on his left wrist this summer.

"Hopefully soon after that." the three-time All-Star said Sunday at the Bucks' Media Day event.


Zion, Kawhi among stars back from injury

Kawhi Leonard was in the Los Angeles Clippers' facility on Monday. That wasn't exactly a surprise development.

The news was his attire. He was wearing a basketball uniform. Finally.


Wolves' Edwards 'working to be better'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards said he's "willing to do whatever it takes to make it right" with the LBGTQ community and Minnesota Timberwolves fans following the homophobic remarks he recently made on social media.

Addressing reporters at Timberwolves media day on Monday, his first public appearance since the NBA fined him $40,000 for his now-deleted video clip on Instagram, Edwards apologized again for the disparaging, profane comment he made about what he assumed to be the sexual orientation of a group of men he filmed on a sidewalk outside a vehicle he was riding in.


Young Grizzlies hungry for next steps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) All-Star point guard Ja Morant borrowed a professional camera for photos of his teammates, even turning the lens on reporters covering the Memphis Grizzlies' media day Monday.

Ziaire Williams, going into his second NBA season, used a disposable camera from the podium and asked everyone to smile.


Jokic energized by healthy roster

DENVER (AP) Jamal Murray spotted his two-time reigning MVP teammate in the open and quickly hollered out to him.

"Grab me a grape," the Denver Nuggets point guard said with Nikola Jokic breaking toward a fruit tray Monday at media day.

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