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OAKLAND, Calif. - Those 18 pounds might not have been the only thing Matt Barnes shed over the summer.

ANAHEIM, Calif.-It seemed obvious the Los Angeles Lakers wanted to win their exhibition game against the Phoenix Suns and it also seemed obvious Kobe Bryant wanted to show the basketball world he is back and ready.

The Associated Press will periodically look at the changing landscape of the NBA during the upcoming season from three perspectives: A player's viewpoint, from the bench, and from the front office. An interview with veteran forward Paul Pierce of the Washington Wizards tips off the series:

Stephen Curry deposited 27 points with six assists to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the Los Angeles Clippers, 125-107, in preseason play.

Festus Ezeli got the best birthday present he could imagine: playing in an NBA game.

Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points — including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of regulation — and Gerald Green tallied 10 of his 21 points in overtime as the Suns topped the Lakers 114-108 in Tuesday's preseason game.

Isaiah Thomas netted 26 points and the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-108, in overtime on Tuesday night in preseason action.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland's 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points with 11 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 93-75 win over the Denver Nuggets in preseason action.

Enes Kanter scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 105-91 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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