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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

See, no brace on Tim Duncan's right knee as he participates in pre-game warmups. He should be ready to go soon; likely after the All-Star break. But it wouldn't be a surprise if he plays a few minutes Wednesday at Orlando.

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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Tyronn Lue tells story of swatting Kobe

"Long story short is, it was a game point and [Bryant] drove baseline and I was at the elbow. ... And I went down the lane and I pinned his dunk against the glass. ... We came down, Devean George made a layup for game and Brian Shaw went, 'Ahhh, he blocked you!' He went crazy. Kobe wanted to fight me at first and then, second, he wanted to play one-on-one after practice." 'Unbelievable' competitor

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyrie Irving asked to compared Kobe and LeBron: "They're both great in their own right, I can tell you that. But I've never played with Kobe, so I don't (know). We can only kind of guess from what we see what his work ethic is like. And his leadership, I can't see it from within. But I'm around Bron every single day and I think I have a different perspective of learning from a guy every single day than kind of just having conversations and communicating with a guy through the phone or seeing him in person. So, every single day I get to see Bron. But I don't get to see, I didn't get to see, Kobe every single day so I think I wouldn't give you a better perspective of what you're looking for between the two. But they're both great though."

ICYMI: LeBron's 1st triple-double of season

It took just three quarters for LeBron James to get his 40th career triple-double on Monday.

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30 for 30 Shorts: Friedmans Shoes

Before the Internet, what did you do if you were a six-foot-something athlete in need of some really big (think size 22), really expensive shoes? You did whatever you could to get to Atlanta and see the guys at Friedman's.

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Magic chooses Kobe over Duncan

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

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Heat to retire Shaq's No. 32 next season

"Shaquille O'Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a Heat uniform," team president Pat Riley said. O'Neal, who already had his No. 34 jersey retired by the Lakers, spent three and a half seasons in Miami, helping the Heat to their first NBA title in 2005-06.

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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Clippers suspend Blake Griffin 4 games

The team suspended its star forward for four games and will withhold his wages for one additional contest as punishment for punching an assistant equipment manager last month. Griffin suffered a fractured right hand as a result of the altercation and was expected to miss four to six weeks. Story

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On this date 24 years ago, three months after testing positive for HIV, Magic Johnson returned for the NBA All-Star Game -- and won MVP. [Credit: Jon Soohoo/NBAE]

All-Time #NBArank: Larry Bird at No. 6

Larry Legend finished his NBA career with three MVP awards, three titles and 12 All-Star Game selections.

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night with a two-game losing streak. Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff was asked was his team in a better place. "I think we're in a better place," he said Tuesday. "I think after the past two performances against Phoenix and against Portland I think our guys are a little pissed off deservedly so. We got to come out and we got to play that way."

Breen: 'Obvious disconnect' for Knicks

Mike Breen said on Russillo & Kanell of the Knicks firing Derek Fisher: "[Phil Jackson] pretty much said he tried to talk to Derek and give him some suggestions, and Derek didn't follow through."

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Stein: Scrutiny on Kings will increase

Marc Stein says the Kings' non-move with head coach George Karl raises as many questions as it answers.

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Sources: Hawks may break up core

A year after winning 60 games, the Hawks find themselves in the middle of the pack in the East, and are having serious internal discussions about the future direction of the team and their All-Star core of players, sources tell ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst. Story

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Nets in the process of interviewing candidates for GM, add San Antonio executive Sean Marks to the list, sources confirmed. The list also includes Bryan Colangelo, Arturas Karnisovas, Danny Ferry, Gersson Rosas and Frank Zanin.

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.

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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