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United States's Rudy Gay goes up for a basket against Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas , left, and Renaldas Seibutis during their Basketball World Cup semifinal match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

U.S. cruises past Lithuania, into Basketball World Cup final

- Associated Press

James Harden scored all of his 16 points in the lopsided third quarter of a near carbon copy of the Americans’ quarterfinal victory over Slovenia, when he awoke from a scoreless first half to help turn a close game into a blowout in a split second.

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Toronto Raptors' Lou Williams, left, and Kyle Lowry laugh while posing for photos at the NBA basketball team's media day at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

Lowry leads rejuvenated Raptors into new season

- Associated Press

Raptors coach Dwane Casey was answering a question about Kyle Lowry on Monday when the star point guard walked past, about to give an interview.

Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic (1), of Slovenia, Isaiah Thomas, center, and Eric Bledsoe pose for a photo during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Suns' Bledsoe: 'Always wanted to be back here'

Associated Press

Eric Bledsoe was confident he would be back with the Suns despite a long summer of uncertainty that finally ended with the point guard signing a five-year, $70 million contract just days before training camp.

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, and Chris Paul pose for photos during the NBA basketball team's media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Clippers return focus to team post-Sterling

- Associated Press

Doc Rivers loves nothing more than talking basketball. And with the scandal involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade into the background, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance.

Golden State Warriors' David Lee answers questions from reporters during NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Warriors happy to have core back, build on success

- Associated Press

David Lee learned to block out trade talk during his days with the New York Knicks when just about everybody on the roster was rumored to be on the move at some point.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) poses for a photograph during media day in Portland, Ore., Monday, September 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Expectations high for stable Trail Blazers

- Associated Press

Among the themes for the Portland Trail Blazers this season is to embrace the idea they belong with the elite teams in the West.

Houston Rockets' James Harden dances while being filmed NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Harden, Rockets focus on defensive improvement

- Associated Press

James Harden was the target of plenty of criticism for his defense after the Houston Rockets were bounced from the playoffs in the first round last season on a last-second shot by Portland's Damian Lillard.

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, lays up a shot as Denver Nuggets's Randy Foye defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. The clock is ticking on the  Timberwolves and Rubio to get an extension done. If the two sides don't reach agreement by Oct. 31, Rubio can become a restricted free agent next summer. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Rubio focused on new-look Wolves, not contract

- Associated Press

Ricky Rubio sat at a table with Kevin Martin to his left, ready to start the first day of the rest of his life without Kevin Love as a teammate in Minnesota.

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is surrounded by reporters during the team's NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Kobe feeling healthy for 19th season with Lakers

- Associated Press

After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects.

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, center, chats with Ryan Anderson (33) and Anthony Davis (23) as they wait for a group photo at the Pelicans NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pelicans downplay pressure to make playoffs

- Associated Press

Anthony Davis doesn't see the point to thinking about what might happen to the only NBA coach he's had if the New Orleans Pelicans fail to make the playoffs again this season.