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2021 NBA Media Day live updates and news

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Monday signaled the end of the NBA offseason as teams returned for Media Day. As always, all 30 teams will participate, starting bright and early with the Charlotte Hornets.

We had you covered with live updates and news as teams met for the first time this season.

Teams will begin training camp on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The regular season will open on Oct. 19 with a pair of star-studded matchups.

All times are Eastern.

Running Diary: Updates from 2021 NBA Media Day

5:20 p.m. - Reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo details the addiction of the playoff atmosphere, winning a championship and the fulfilling feeling that comes with it.

5:04 p.m. - Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes is...ready!!

4:46 p.m. - How about a media day Woj bomb?

4:41 p.m. - Norman Powell on re-signing with the Trail Blazers.

4:33 p.m. - Damian Lillard talks about his belief in his Portland Trailblazers.

Dame also showing off his Gold medal from the 2020 (we know it happened in 2021) Olympics.

Dame on his new head coach Chauncey Billups.

3:53 p.m. - Kawhi is here to be a Clipper and potential play this season.

3:36 p.m. - Is Kawhi Leonard really day-to-day?

Clippers head coach Ty Lue with an update on Kawhi's injury status...

3:30 p.m. - Luka Doncic weighs in on being the MVP favourite heading into the 2021-22 season.

3:07 p.m. - It's going to take some getting used to seeing DeMar DeRozan in a Bulls uniform, but here he is.

More from DeRozan...

2:23 p.m - Jamal Murray reveals the latest on his injury rehab.

2:00 p.m. - Dillion Brooks has no problem with being "Dillon the Villain".

1:58 p.m. - We might have to wait a little longer for a Klay Thompson return.

1:53 p.m. - Warriors GM Bob Myers responds to questions about player availability ahead of the start of the season.

1:48 p.m. - Tyrese Maxey responds to the trade rumours that had his name in them.

Maxey also has jokes...

1:19 p.m. - Kyle Lowry looks comfortable with his new team and teammates.

1:08 p.m. - Zion Williamson talks about his feelings towards the Pelicans and the city of New Orleans.

1:06 p.m. - Trae Young talks about the Atlanta Hawks having a chip on their shoulder despite last year's playoff success.

1:00 p.m. - Scary Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball feeling confident ahead of the 2021-22 season.

12:58 p.m. - RJ Barrett is ready to take on new challenges this season.

12:55 p.m. - Julius Randle on what he took away from the first-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks last season.

12:50 p.m. - New coach, a new identity in Boston? Ime Udoka wants to see more unselfishness from his Celtics...

12:47 p.m. - Kyrie Irving addresses the media...

12:40 p.m. - More Ben Simmons chat from the 76ers...

11:39 a.m. - Joel Embiid on Ben Simmons via 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Embiid also acknowledged reports of the 76ers trying to meet with Simmons in LA.

11:35 a.m. - Pascal Siakam quoting Drake in an answer to how it feels being the one that rookie Scottie Barnes looks up to: "Feelin' young but they treat me like the OG," which Drake said on "Fair Trade" off the new Certified Lover Boy album.

11:27 a.m. - Pascal Siakam is at the podium now at Raptors media day. He's hoping to be back on the court well, progressing after the shoulder surgery. Siakam says he was skeptical in getting the surgery - it was his first surgery - but after talking with the Raptors training staff and Masai Ujiri, it was the right decision to make.

11:10 a.m. - Zion Williamson underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot this offseason, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin revealed . Williamson is said to have suffered the injury in a workout prior to Summer League.

11:06 a.m. - "It's a tough situation," Joel Embiid said on NBA TV when asked about what's going on with Ben Simmons , "but I'm focused on winning and making the team better."

76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, meanwhile, said there's "lots of hope" that Simmons will play for Philly this season.

10:46 a.m. - In Miami, much has already been made of Kyle Lowry 's ability to push the pace.

The veteran averaged the league's fourth-most transition possessions per game (5.5) in 2019-20. He ranked 21st in that category last season.

10:45 a.m. - Raptors head coach Nick Nurse provided an update on Pascal Siakam . While Siakam hasn't yet been cleared for contact after undergoing shoulder surgery this offseason, Nurse says the one-time All-Star is in great shape and hopes he won't miss much time.

SN's Michael Grange says the "ball park target" for Siakam's return is US Thanksgiving.

10:19 a.m. - Good news for the Nets: James Harden says his hamstring feels 100 percent and that he's " back ."

10:14 a.m. - Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra says there's no timeline on Victor Oladipo but " there's sunshine ahead ." On May 12, 2021, it was revealed that Oladipo would undergo season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon.

9:50 a.m. - According to ESPN's Zach Lowe , Kyrie Irving isn't expected to attend media day due to New York City's health and safety protocols. He is, however, expected to "accompany the team" to training camp, which will be held in San Diego.

Kevin Durant later said that he's not concerned about Irving's availability, adding that he expects to "have our whole team at some point."

9:28 a.m. - Click here for the full media day schedule and livestream links for each team.

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