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The Phil Files: Turning to the future

In Part 6 of our series, Phil Jackson begins to size up the draft and free-agent classes for help in righting the Knicks' ship.

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Brandon Armstrong's Kobe Bryant impersonation (0:37)
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Marvin the Martian vs. Blake Griffin (0:10)
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Duncan and Pop aren't going anywhere (1:07)
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Q&A: Hollins on Nets' offseason, outlook

Lionel Hollins discusses the Nets' new additions, the loss of Deron Williams and what he expects this season in Brooklyn.

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Becky Hammon ring of honor induction (1:51)
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LeBron's questionable Twitter Q&A (3:59)
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MJ backboard, Mantle card sold at auction

The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan's last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Bird: Jordan would kill me in one-on-one right now (4:28)
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The man behind the all those great NBA impersonations (7:24)

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Swaggy P's arm for more than buckets

Last year, Swaggy P (Nick Young) took to Twitter to explain why his shooting arm remained tattoo-free, saying: "No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets." Well, not anymore. Young has some new ink on his right arm. We found Tupac

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Nike inks Towns, Russell

Nike beat out the competition to sign the top two picks in this year's NBA draft, Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell.

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ICYMI: Jordan has ice water in his veins

Michael Jordan, the king in the clutch during his NBA career, drained another buzzer-beater to beat Jimmy Butler in a shooting contest at Jordan's camp. Yes, he's still got it.

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Jeremy Lin: Dota 2 'just like basketball'

The Hornets guard stopped by the International Dota 2 Championships today in Seattle and explained why he loves the game: "It's 5-on-5, you have 3 types of positions ... the higher level you go, it's all about teamwork."

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'Kobe' goes 1-on-4

Yep, Brandon Armstrong is at it again. The NBA player impersonator debuted Kobe Bryant today on SportsNation. It's classic Mamba.

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Harden, an expensive shoe salesman

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, adidas has made a 13-year, $200M offer to James Harden, whose Nike deal recently expired. Nike has until the end of next week to match the deal. Adidas needs a splash

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LeBron still endorsement king

If James Harden ends up with a 13-year, $200 million deal from adidas, he'll move up this list. But for now, LeBron James still reigns supreme, according to Forbes.

Adidas trying to pry Harden from Nike

Darren Rovell says of Adidas' $200M bid for James Harden's next sneaker deal: "They have to put up an offer where they have to overpay."

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Clyde on Carmelo: 'Melo wasn't happy'

Knicks legend and announcer Walt "Clyde" Frazier told ESPN's Ian Begley that Carmelo Anthony wasn't happy with the Knicks' pick of Kristaps Porzingis: "Will he ask out, you know what I mean, if he sees that this is not happening? ... They are a few years away and Melo knows that his days are numbered, so stay tuned." Full Q&A

OTD: Grant Hill traded to Magic

Fifteen years ago today, Grant Hill was traded to Orlando as part of a sign-and-trade deal that gave him a 7-yr/$93M contract. Thanks to injuries, Hill was limited to 200 games over those 7 seasons.

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Kings plan: Crazy enough to work?

Do you think the Kings' roster construction has been ... unconventional this offseason? You're not the only one. Grantland presents the "Sacramento Suicide Squad." Watch

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Ray Allen not retired yet

The NBA's all-time leader in 3-pt FG told the Hartford Courant: "I haven't said anything about that and I won't officially retire. Because if something came to the table, contractually and situationally, I want to be able to take a strong look at it."

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ICYMI: Surprise -- Mutombo checks in

Dikembe Mutombo took the floor for Team Africa in Saturday's NBA exhibition in South Africa, where he joined Hakeem Olajuwon, and the crowd went wild.

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Jackson maintaining Knicks optimism

In the midst of the worst Knicks season ever, Phil Jackson remained optimistic about the future: "There are many examples of a team that went from sh-- to Shinola in a short few years. Like the Celtics when they added Larry Bird, or the Magic when Shaq and Penny Hardaway got there. So there are plenty of reasons for Knick fans to keep the faith." The Phil Files