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Karl, Kings take on Cleveland

With rumors swirling about George Karl's job security, the Kings coach leads his team into Cleveland to face the Cavaliers, who've lost two of their past three under Tyronn Lue. Follow live

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Kobe Bryant makes final visit to Indiana

The retiring Lakers star plays his final game against the Pacers, the franchise he beat for his first NBA title back in 2000. Follow live

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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Thought this was interesting: in a meeting with Derek Fisher and some members of the coaching staff last month, Phil Jackson told Derek Fisher: "I may not have mentored you as well as I could have."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said Derek Fisher's firing was not due to Fisher's recent comments about focusing on the process rather than making the playoffs. "I didn't react to Derek's comments last week about the playoffs not being important and whatever's not a measure," Jackson said. "The understanding was turning around a team that's won 17 games and making a 40, 42-win season out of it... Saying that, we still think there's a way for (the players) to play better. "

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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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson hinted that Derek Fisher could've taken more advantage of his experienced staff. "That I was able to surround him with very experienced coaches... was really important too," Jackson said when asked about Fisher's lack of experience. "If he didn't take advantage of that, maybe that's part of that. Kurt (Rambis), Jim Cleamons, some of the guys that have had detailed experience& There really wasn't consensus in our staff. We decided to have a real good consensus in a working staff and the changing of ideas and communication."

Derrick Rose out vs. Hornets

The Bulls guard will miss tonight's game due to general body soreness. "Just soreness all over," Rose said before the game. "That's pretty much it. Body soreness."

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Power Rankings: Warriors at home at No. 1

After their 41st straight win at home, Golden State is showing no signs of slowing down atop Marc Stein's latest rankings. Rankings

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Jackson: It was time to make a change

Knicks president Phil Jackson said of Derek Fisher, who was fired Monday: "I think he was a dedicated worker. Some of that onus is on the players."

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Warriors-Rockets headline NBA's Chinese New Year push

James Harden, Steph Curry and Jeremy Lin are the NBA's faces for its initiative celebrating the Lunar New Year, which begins Monday. Jerseys, ads and galleries

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is one of Tom Thibodeau's closest friends and confidants. Clifford was asked before the game how much interest he thought Thibodeau would have in the New York Knicks job now that Derek Fisher has been fired. "I don't have any idea," Clifford said before Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "Obviously, he wants to coach again and that's a great job, he worked there and everything, but you'd have to ask him about that."

Kevin Love to return for Cavs tonight

The forward missed the last game with a bruised left thigh. He suffered the injury in the third quarter of a loss to the Celtics, and did not return in that game.

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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets rookie Chris McCullough, who hasn't played since Jan. 11, 2015 due to a torn ACL, receives instruction during pre-game workouts. He is expected to make his NBA debut tonight vs. Denver.

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.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Duncan (right knee) is questionable for tomorrow's Spurs-Heat matchup. Matt Bonner (left calf) and Manu Ginobili (surgical recovery) are out.

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Some nights Kobe Bryant plays well, other nights nights not so much: "It's either been st or shinola." But he said he can't tell before a game what kind of night it will be.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Warriors clearly know Luke Walton is up for some coaching jobs

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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Lakers center Roy Hibbert (ankle) will sit out tonight in his first game back in Indiana.

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.

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James is 29 points from passing Paul Pierce (26,166) for 15th place in all-time NBA history.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Ethan Sherwood Strauss ESPN Staff Writer 

Steph Curry on Cam Newton's press conference: "I can't really say how I would have responded in that moment"

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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."