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All-Time #NBArank: Duncan fundamentally sound at No. 8

Five titles, two MVPs and 15 All-Star appearances all add up to a No. 8 all-time ranking for San Antonio's Tim Duncan. Follow along as we continue to unveil Nos. 10-6 on today's countdown.

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Veteran announcer Albert gets TNT extension

Veteran play-by-play broadcaster Marv Albert has agreed to a multiyear contract extension to continue call regular-season and playoff NBA games for TNT.

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Magic's top five Lakers (1:00)
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Joe Johnson beats the buzzer ... again

It has been a rough season for the Nets, but they still know who to go to when the game is on the line -- the most prolific buzzer-beater maker.

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NBA trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in East

Could the Bucks move Jabari Parker? What about the Nets and Brook Lopez? Our experts break down the most interesting storylines in the Eastern Conference heading into the NBA trade deadline.

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Unstoppable Warriors vs. unstoppable KD

When two immense hoop forces collided, excellence ensued. Still, Kevin Durant (40 points) couldn't lift the Thunder past a Warriors team lacking its usual Splash Bros. 3-point success.

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Holmes: Lone Star farewell for Kobe Bryant

The Lakers' star exited the San Antonio floor for the last time, saluting a long history battling a franchise that gave him his most worthy challenges, Baxter Holmes writes.

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Kings change mind, will keep Karl as coach

Sacramento will not fire head coach George Karl after a lengthy meeting between Karl and GM Vlade Divac, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. "George is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues," Divac said in a statement. There were reports Karl was set to be fired after the Kings lost eight of their last nine games. Story

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets held their final practice in East Rutherford, NJ today. They will move into a $50 million training facility in Brooklyn starting Feb. 17.

All-Time #NBArank: Bill Russell at No. 7

Eleven championships. Of course, Russell has a spot in the top 10 on our all-time countdown. No. 7

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Ugh. Butler played 47 mins on 2nd night of B2B. Missed next gm w/bad left knee. Then played at DEN and was carted off the floor. Sad stuff.

Best sports photos of the week

Von Miller strips the ball from Cam, President Obama cracks jokes and the Fighting Irish take down the Tar Heels. Photos

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Would Magic's Lakers beat the Warriors?

David Thorpe and Henry Abbott disagree that Magic Johnson's hypothetical Lakers revival strategy would slay the Warriors.

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Jimmy Butler (knee) out 3-4 weeks

The Bulls swingman will miss the All-Star Game with a strained left knee he suffered in last Friday's game. Butler is averaging 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season.

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Magic Johnson's top five greatest Lakers

The Lakers legend joins SportsCenter and names the greatest players to don the purple and gold. Cari Champion puts Johnson at No. 1 -- but did he name himself?

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Who has it worse: Knicks or Kings?

Would you rather have Kristaps Porzingis or DeMarcus Cousins as a big man for the future? What about Phil Jackson or Vlade Divac leading basketball operations? Our basketball experts were pretty stumped, too. (Insider)

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In a statement to ESPN, Kings GM Vlade Divac said: "George is our coach and we're collectively working through our issues."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The Kings scrapped plans to fire George Karl after lengthy meeting Tuesday in Philly between Karl and GM Vlade Divac, sources told ESPN

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say that the Sacramento Kings, in a dramatic about-face, have decided to keep George Karl in place as coach .

All-Time #NBArank: Tim Duncan at No. 8

The Big Fundamental cracks the top 10 as the countdown rolls on. No. 8

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Can Phil still save the Knicks?

Jemele Hill doesn't think Knicks president Phil Jackson can steer the team in the right direction. Michael Smith is more optimistic.

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Jonathon Simmons' impossible NBA dream

Simmons was $150 and a D-League audition away from giving up on basketball completely. Good thing he didn't. A Spurs regular

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ICYMI: Drummond drills one from 3/4 court

Free throws might befuddle the Pistons' Andre Drummond, but three-quarter-court shots are his thing.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Duncan is out for Tuesday's game at Miami along with Matt Bonner and Manu Ginobili. Duncan took part in the team's shootaround Tuesday afternoon and he wasn't wearing a brace on his right knee. Duncan looks close to being able to return to the lineup.

Magic chooses Kobe over Duncan

Sorry, Kareem, but Magic Johnson disagrees with your opinion.

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All-time #NBArank: Shaq at No. 9

The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Superman. A man of many names, Shaquille O'Neal checks in on our all-time countdown. No. 9

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Magic: Durant could be Lakers' solution

NBA legend Magic Johnson tells First Take that he would recruit Kevin Durant "hard," because he could be the one guy that could turn things around for the Lakers.

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Lowe: Fifth-Annual Luke Walton All-Stars

Aka, a who's who of non-serious NBA players that somehow are getting some serious minutes. Lineup

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Deadline PG swaps yield mixed results

At last year's trade deadline, four frontline point guards, including Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas, were moved in a flurry of deals. Brian Windhorst chronicles how the trades happened and the effects on teams and players. Deadline Decisions

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Isola: Players put a premium on winning

Frank Isola believes that upcoming free agents -- like Kevin Durant -- nowadays care more about winning, which means no one's going to want to join the Knicks.

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KAT pounces for big slam

Karl-Anthony Towns faked the handoff and instead took it in himself for a massive dunk.

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Michael Wallace ESPN Staff Writer 

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Luol Deng is under the weather and missed shootaround today, but is a gametime decision for tonight against San Antonio. Hassan Whiteside (ankle) participated in shootaround and will be reevaluated again pregame tonight.