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Phil, Thibs or Walton for next Knicks coach?

What happens now in Gotham with Derek Fisher fired? Is Luke Walton a coaching candidate? Or will Phil Jackson return to the sidelines?

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The Cavs hand out their Chinese New Year celebration T-shirts against DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings of all teams.

Fisher firing big move by Phil Jackson

Ramona Shelburne explains why the Knicks decided to part ways with Derek Fisher and how safe Phil Jackson is in his position as team president.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

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Stephen A.: Phil not playing games

As a Knick fan, Stephen A. Smith believes Derek Fishers firing is a sign that Knicks president Phil Jackson is committed to winning.


Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Warriors center Festus Ezeli is having surgery on his left knee today, after suffering soreness for weeks. There's no timetable on when he'll be back. Steve Kerr calls the surgery "exploratory"

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.

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."

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.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

ESPN sources say Luke Walton is determined to see out this season in Golden State and not entertain head coaching offers until the offseason

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.

Jimmy Butler out again on Monday

The Bulls' All-Star swingman will miss another game with a left knee strain he suffered on Friday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg is unsure when Butler would return and said he likely would also miss Wednesday's game, the last one before the All-Star break.

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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 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 said the Knicks losing 9 of their last 10 games was one factor that led to Derek Fisher's dismissal.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson says that it was a relief for Derek Fisher that he was let go today due to the pressure associated with the job.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Fisher (40-96, .294) finished with the 2nd-worst record by a head coach in Knicks history behind Larry Brown (23-59, .280).

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

If Phil Jackson still wants triangle, Brian Shaw, Luke Walton are two from Phil tree. Thibs, JVG, Mark Jackson, Scott Brooks are all available with Knicks ties.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson (far right) watching Knicks' first practice after Derek Fisher firing. Phil will meet with reporters shortly.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Dolan is paying Phil Jackson $60 million and Derek Fisher $25 million. If I were him, I wouldn't want to pay another coach. I'd ask Phil to handle it.