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Derek Fisher Fired By Knicks As Head Coach

Feb 8, 2016 10:53 AM

The New York Knicks have fired Derek Fisher as head coach.

Fisher was in his second season with the Knicks.

The Knicks have a 23-31 record this season and were 1-9 in their last 10 games.

Fisher had an off-the-court incident in October with Matt Barnes in which he was away from the Knicks.

Kurt Rambis will serve as interim head coach of the Knicks.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Knicks To Promote Kurt Rambis To Interim Head Coach

Feb 8, 2016 10:59 AM

Kurt Rambis will serve as interim head coach of the New York Knicks following the dismissal of Derek Fisher.

Rambis has been an assistant coach on Fisher's staff and was previously head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rambis is a longtime confidant of Phil Jackson.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Isaiah Thomas, LaMarcus Aldridge Named Players Of The Week

Feb 8, 2016 3:11 PM

Isaiah Thomas and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Thomas led the Celtics to a 4-0 week, including a road victory against the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 20.3 points (12th in the East), 7.0 assists (tied for fourth in the conference) and 4.5 rebounds. On Feb. 7, the Celtics' point guard capped his week by recording 22 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and only one turnover as Boston defeated the Sacramento Kings 128-119 for its ninth victory in 10 games. Thomas, a first-time NBA All-Star selection, will appear in the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Aldridge, who was also selected to the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, sparked the Spurs to a 4-0 week. He averaged 26.0 points (tied for seventh in the NBA), 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots (tied for fourth in the West). He shot 59.7 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. Aldridge scored at least 26 points in three of four games, including a season-high 36-point performance to go with six rebounds and three blocks in a 110-97 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 3.

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Festus Ezeli To Undergo Left Knee Surgery

Feb 8, 2016 3:13 PM

Festus Ezeli will undergo exploratory surgery on his left knee.

Ezeli will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Ezeli missed the entire 13-14 season with right knee surgery.

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Tags: Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Luke Walton, Brian Shaw Considered Top Long-Term Candidates For Knicks

Feb 8, 2016 11:16 AM

Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are considered the top long-term candidates for the New York Knicks to replace Derek Fisher.

Fisher was fired by the Knicks on Monday.

Walton had an excellent run with the Golden State Warriors on an interim basis and is familiar with Phil Jackson and the triangle offense.

Shaw was fired last season by the Denver Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau is also currently a coaching free agent.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Walton is determined to see out this season with the Warriors as an assistant coach and not entertain head coaching opportunities until the offseason.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Source: Knicks' Job The One Tom Thibodeau Has Always Wanted

Feb 8, 2016 11:40 AM

With Derek Fisher out as head coach of the New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau's name has surfaced as a possibility.

"The Knicks are the job he's always wanted. He would crawl to Madison Square Garden," said a source.

Thibodeau was fired as head coach of the Chicago Bulls at the end of last season.

So far, the Knicks have been more strongly linked to Phil Jackson protegees Brian Shaw and Luke Walton.

Ian O'Connor/ESPN

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Magic Willing To Listen To Tobias Harris Offers

Feb 8, 2016 10:21 AM

The Orlando Magic are willing to listen to offers for Tobias Harris, though they're not 'outright shopping' him.

Harris signed a four-year, $64 million contract with the Magic in free agency last year.

Harris is averaging 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.9 minutes per game.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Tyronn Lue Remains On Good Terms With David Blatt

Feb 8, 2016 1:55 PM

Tyronn Lue understands the dynamics and narrative that he and LeBron James may have had something to do with the firing of David Blatt.

"Look, they ridiculed Jesus Christ, so I'm certainly no exception," Lue told in an exclusive interview. "I don't care what's being said. I know how loyal I was to Coach Blatt and the people that know me understand that. I have no control over what people think. I have a job to do and I'm going to do my best."

Lue and Blatt remain on very good terms.

"Me and Blatt are cool," Lue said. "We've spoken a few times since [he was let go]. I text him a few days ago, so it's not what people want to think. To say I was doing things behind the scenes to get this job is crazy. This job? A team that's in first place? Come on.

"As long as Coach Blatt supports me, that's all that matters."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying

Feb 8, 2016 10:35 AM

Tony Parker will participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Manila this summer with France.

Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

"Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify. I want to play for France.”

“I’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for us both. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision.”

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Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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Suns Sign Jordan McRae To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Feb 8, 2016 1:03 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Jordan McRae to a second 10-day contract.

McRae signed his first 10-day contract with the Suns on Jan. 29. The 24-year-old guard has appeared in five games with Phoenix, averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 assists in 13.0 minutes. McRae made his NBA debut at New York on Jan. 29, scoring 12 points and handing out four assists.

Prior to signing with the Suns, McRae earned 2016 NBA Development League All-Star honors as he ranked third in the D-League with an average of 23.1 points in 28 games with the Delaware 87ers.

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NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Spurs, Warriors, OKC, Cavs, Raptors Remain Top-5
The Raptors remain fifth with a +4.7 Efficiency Differential.

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Jon Isaac Pursuing Entering Draft Straight From Prep School
Jon Isaac is ranked No. 9 overall in the incoming 2016 class and is a Florida State commit.

Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

Kings' Players Have Turned On George Karl
George Karl is owed more than $10 million through 2018.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Carmelo Anthony Has Had Two MRIs On Left Knee In Three Weeks
Carmelo Anthony has already missed seven games this season and hasn't been as explosive or quick.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Austin Rivers Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Left Hand
Austin Rivers will likely miss four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Williamson More Likely To Be Named Kings' Interim Head Coach Than Lieberman
Corliss Williamson joined the Kings as an assistant in 2013 after several years coaching in college.

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

Nets To Begin Interviewing GM Candidates On Monday
Bryan Colangelo, Danny Ferry, Arturas Karnisovas and Gersson Rosas are amongst the candidates who will interview.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Nikola Vucevic Hopes Magic Don't Make Deadline Trade
Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson have been with the Magic since the beginning of their rebuild.

Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Tim Duncan Close To Return From Sore Right Knee
Tim Duncan has now missed seven straight games.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Jimmy Butler Has Left Knee Strain
The timeline for Jimmy Butler's return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.

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Kevin Durant: Focus On Basketball, Haven't Thought About Free Agency
Kevin Durant was asked about his free agency ahead of Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Kings Strongly Considering Firing George Karl
George Karl has lost support in management and some parts of the locker room.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Blake Griffin Undergoes Additional Hand Surgery
Blake Griffin's recovery timeframe of four to six weeks remains in place and the procedure is not considered a setback.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Thunder Not Ruling Out Playing Kevin Durant At Center Against Warriors
The Thunder seem to prefer having Serge Ibaka defend guards over going small with Kevin Durant at center against the Warriors.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Erick Green Signs 2nd 10-Day Deal With Jazz
Erick Green signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Jan. 26 and has appeared in two games, averaging 2.0 points in 3.0 minutes.

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Clippers Have Received Blake Griffin Trade Offers From Multiple Teams
Blake Griffin is under contract through the 16-17 season.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Mike Conley Jr.: Everything Will Be On Table In Free Agency
Mike Conley Jr. will be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but he's widely been expected to re-sign with the Grizzlies.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Vince Carter Has No Plans To Retire
Vince Carter is currently in his 18th NBA season at the age of 39.

Ronald Tillery/Memphis Commercial Appeal

Orlando Johnson To Sign 10-Day Deal With Suns
Orlando Johnson was most recently with the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports

Manu Ginobili Out At Least Four Weeks After Testicular Surgery
Manu Ginobili was injured in Wednesday's game when he took a knee to the groin from Ryan Anderson.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

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