Phil Jackson to the Knicks
Phil Jackson is returning to the Big Apple. Sources tell ESPN that Jackson, who played for the Knicks in the 1970s, has finalized a deal to become the team's president of basketball operations, giving him full control over personnel decisions. For a team that hasn't won a championship in more than 40 years and their fans, getting the best NBA coach of all time is cause for celebration.
The NFL draft is fast approaching, and according to Mel Kiper's latest mock draft, there might be a surprise at No. 1. Kiper has dropped Johnny Manziel out of the top spot, putting Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack in line to join the Texans. Is Mack the best prospect in this year's draft? Submit your rankings!
NFL Draft prospects
DE, South Carolina
WR, Oregon State
CB, Michigan State
TE, North Carolina
WR, Texas A&M
CB, Oklahoma State
DT, Florida State
QB, Texas A&M
OT, Notre Dame
OT, Texas A&M
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Richard Sherman is (no surprise here) getting into arguments on Twitter concerning where he ranks among the NFL's best cornerbacks. LeGarrette Blount said he thinks new Bronco Aqib Talib is the top pass-defender in the league. Sherman disagreed. DeAngelo Hall brought up Patrick Peterson as his pick. Sherman disagreed. We're all for cornerbacks being confident (it's basically a job requirement), but do you agree with Sherman's self-assessment? Submit your rankings!
Top NFL cornerbacks
2013 stats: 19 tackles, 1 INT, 0 FF
2013 stats: 38 tackles, 3 INT, 1 FF
2013 stats: 68 tackles, 1 INT, 1 sack
2013 stats: 54 tackles, 4 INT
2013 stats: 20 tackles, 1 INT
2013 stats: 47 tackles, 3 INT
2013 stats: 40 tackles, 3 INT
2013 stats: 43 tackles, 2 INT, 2 FF, 1 sack
2013 stats: 38 tackles, 8 INT
2013 stats: 35 tackles, 4 INT, 1 FF
2013 stats: 63 tackles, 0 INT
2013 stats: 41 tackles, 3 INT, 3 FF
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Noah for DPOY? Bulls for spoiler?
That Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat matchup in the Eastern Conference finals is looking less inevitable by the day. Not that it isn't still overwhelmingly likely, but consider: The Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday moved to 3-0 vs. Miami this season, and the Chicago Bulls on Thursday hammered the formidable Houston Rockets to make a "remember us?" statement. A lot of the latter team's recent success is due to Joakim Noah, a popular No. 3 MVP pick and possible NBA Defensive Player of the Year front-runner. What do you make of it all?
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