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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban says his opinion on the hack-a-player issue wouldn't have changed if DeAndre Jordan signed with Dallas. Cuban said commissioner Adam Silver emailed him after Jordan verbally committed to the Mavs to ask if he would change his stance. "No, because we have a full-time free throw coach," Cuban said he replied.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sean Marks is a candidate for the Nets' vacant GM job. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expects Marks to shine when finally given the opportunity to run a team. "I think he's gonna be a star; really has a great feel for talent," Popovich said. "[He] has a great personality, really commands respect and gets along with people. So I think he's gonna be somebody that's gonna have a bright future. We're gonna [have to] kick him out of door here pretty soon. Is he leaving or something? Did he leave and I didn't know?"

Magic chooses Kobe over Duncan

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

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Melo on Fisher: We were all surprised

Carmelo Anthony reacts to the Knicks' firing of Derek Fisher, saying "you have to continue to put your trust in Phil [Jackson]."

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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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Pop hopes Kobe mentors Kawhi Leonard

"Kawhi has learned a lot from the guys that are vets on his own team," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "And Kobe is just another example of somebody that has been disciplined over time, and been a great pro in understanding the responsibility to bring it night after night after night. Kawhi sees that and understands that. He's trying to live that life."

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Gregg Popovich just joked that they'll "have to kick [assistant GM Sean Marks] out the door soon." Mark is a potential GM candidate for the Nets' vacancy.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if he still wants to be in New York after Derek Fisher firing, Carmelo Anthony says yes and that he's been through worse.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo says the goal of getting to the playoffs "isn't even a question" for him. He adds that Kurt Rambis is "spot on" in that respect.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says the amount of turnover he's witnessed since coming to New York is "tough." He adds: "You have to continue to trust in Phil."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kurt Rambis says that he's talked to the Knicks about "getting connected" again, particularly on the defensive end.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Duncan getting in a few shots just minutes ago.

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Marc Gasol could miss rest of season

The Grizzlies center is out indefinitely with a broken right foot and it could cost him the remainder of the season. It's unclear when the injury occurred. Gasol is averaging 16.6 points and 7 rebounds per game.

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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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.

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]