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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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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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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.

Magic Johnson's last All-Star Game

On this date 24 years ago, Johnson won the NBA All-Star Game MVP. SportsCenter remembers his final All-Star Game.

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All-Time #NBArank: Hakeem at No. 10

It's time to kick off the top 10 with one of the most imposing forces the game has ever seen: Hakeem Olajuwon. No. 10

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Ranking Air Jordans

As all the sneakerheads know, the Air Jordan XXX drops Friday. What better time to look back at all 29 looks of past Jordan kicks? Full ranking

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Watch: Magic Johnson on SportsCenter

On this date 24 years ago, Magic won the NBA All-Star Game MVP. Today, he's joining Hannah Storm on SC. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Kobe can still elevate ... sort of

This wasn't exactly the form that won Kobe Bryant a dunk contest title, but it counts for two points just the same.

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Westbrook crashes Durant's interview

Kevin Durant was talking about his experience taking pictures at Super Bowl 50. Russell Westbrook was unimpressed.

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