New York Teams

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle wasn't nearly as opinionated on the firing of Derek Fisher as he was after David Blatt's dismissal. "I'm disappointed for him,' Carlisle said of Fisher. "I don't know the specifics of the internal situation. There were in the midst of a pretty good turnaround until the recent stretch, and it's unfortunate. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you." Fisher played for Carlisle and the Mavs in the 2012-13 season, quitting after playing in nine games to supposedly spend more time with his family, only to join the Thunder later in the season.

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Report: Former Giant part of FBI probe

Jeremy Shockey was questioned by FBI agents this past week regarding his relationship with the alleged leader of an international drug and gambling ring. The former tight end is not the only athlete connected to the report. NFL rumors

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis says his goal is to get the team to the playoffs. Derek Fisher said a few weeks ago that he wouldn't be disappointed if the team missed the postseason. An interesting change in rhetoric.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson on why he fired Derek Fisher now: "I think it's nine losses out of the last 10 games. I think it's the business of winning. Obviously there are games in which we didn't get off to very good starts recently. But I think Derek was prepared. I think he took this business seriously. I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players and I let them know that today."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis facing a throng of New York reporters during his first news conference as coach.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked if Carmelo Anthony is one of Knicks' off the trade table players, Phil Jackson cites Melo's no-trade clause. Then Phil went into how he won't trade Kristaps Porzingis.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Interim head coach Kurt Rambis says Knicks defense has taken slide. Also says he has to coach his way and hold players accountable.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said Rajon Rondo's comments about not wanting to play in the triangle offense were "laughable because all players can fit in a sound offense."

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Is the Jets' ceiling limited?

Our panel has the Jets just outside the top 10 after a strong season, but it may be difficult to move up the ladder without a top quarterback. Way-too-early Power Rankings

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.

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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 the Knicks will be looking to improve the team prior to the trade deadline.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says he hasn't considered taking over as head coach. "Not for one second," he says.

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 says that the team was embarrassed by Derek Fisher's run in with Matt Barnes in October but that it has no bearing on his discussion to fire Fisher.

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.