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Knicks fire coach Fisher amid 5-game losing skid

The Knicks fired coach Derek Fisher on Monday after a 23-31 start to the season.

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Stephen A.: Phil Jackson is not playing games (1:22)
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Will Walton be next head coach for Knicks? (2:22)
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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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Curry calls atmosphere 'playoff type' (1:09)
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Warriors at the White House (1:37)
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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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There is no joy in Bullsland

The Chicago Bulls continue to show a lack of mental toughness in losing for the 11th time in the past 16 games.

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Seven NBA rookie surprises, from Philly to OKC

When rookies exceed expectations, it gets our attention. Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton look at seven surprises from the rookie class, including one making a difference for a contender.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say Luke Walton is determined to see out this season in Golden State and not entertain head coaching offers until the offseason

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson was asked which players were unavailable on the trade market and mentioned Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis by name.

Jimmy Butler out again on Monday

The Bulls' All-Star swingman will miss another game with a left knee strain he suffered on Friday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg is unsure when Butler would return and said he likely would also miss Wednesday's game, the last one before the All-Star break.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about trading Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson says it's a known fact that Carmelo has a no-trade clause.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about Tom Thibodeau, Phil Jackson said he respects Thibs but isn't soliciting for coaches. Kurt Rambis will coach rest of season.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said he informed Derek Fisher of the firing this morning. It was a short exchange and he expects to be in touch with Fisher in the future.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if next coach needs to be a triangle guy, Phil Jackson cites having a system. Adds "not for 1 second" did he think about returning to coach.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that the decision to fire Fisher was his and that he'll look for a coach with a philosophy similar to his, which we can assume means a coach who runs the triangle.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil says Fisher decision was his and Steve Mills. Also says it would be good for next coach to have relationship with him.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson cites losing 9 of last 10 and need for change in firing Derek Fisher. Also said Matt Barnes situation was "embarrassing" but not factor

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said the Knicks losing 9 of their last 10 games was one factor that led to Derek Fisher's dismissal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that it was a relief for Derek Fisher that he was let go today due to the pressure associated with the job.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher (40-96, .294) finished with the 2nd-worst record by a head coach in Knicks history behind Larry Brown (23-59, .280).

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

If Phil Jackson still wants triangle, Brian Shaw, Luke Walton are two from Phil tree. Thibs, JVG, Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks are all available with Knicks ties.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson (far right) watching Knicks' first practice after Derek Fisher firing. Phil will meet with reporters shortly.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Dolan is paying Phil Jackson $60 million and Derek Fisher $25 million. If I were him, I wouldn't want to pay another coach. I'd ask Phil to handle it.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

On the Fisher firing: Expectations grew for this team early in the season. The Knicks going 1-9 over the past two weeks played heavily into the decision.

Stephen A.: Phil not playing games

As a Knick fan, Stephen A. Smith believes Derek Fishers firing is a sign that Knicks president Phil Jackson is committed to winning.

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

A look at Kurt Rambis running his first practice as Knicks interim head coach:

Happy birthday, Klay Thompson!

The Splash Brother turns 26 today. And on Tuesday, he and the Warriors will go for win No. 47.

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers coach Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle (ankle) will both play tonight against the Pacers in Indianapolis. Scott says he's still not sure about Roy Hibbert (ankle).

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James said he didn't see Cam Newton's postgame press conference after Super Bowl 50, but shared what it's been like for him to talk to the media after an NBA Finals loss: "I know it's very difficult to play in one of the biggest games of your life and come out on the wrong side of it and then have to automatically answer questions. And we also know as professionals that's part of the business. We also know that you guys are part of the reason that help (make) the game as great as it is, so you got to, as difficult as it is to answer some of the questions that you know this is the last thing you want to talk about, you have to go up there and take the onus, and take the good with the bad. Like I said I didn't see the Cam interview, but I can only imagine what happened. But I've been in that situation before on both sides, so, it's difficult."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Dellavedova will miss his fourth straight game Monday vs. Sacramento with a sore left hamstring, per the Cavs. Kevin Love went through shootaround and is considered probable for the Kings game. Love missed Saturday's game against New Orleans after suffering a left quad contusion Friday.

Is Luke Walton the Knicks' top candidate?

If the Knicks want to hire Luke Walton in the offseason, they could face stiff competion from other teams, according to Ramona Shelburne.

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