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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

This is probably the most important description that Phil Jackson offered today about his next coach: "Someone has to match the style of the way we do things. There's a certain style that I have that I think works and I've found (to work) before."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets rookie Chris McCullough has enters the game and is making his NBA debut. He last played a game on Jan. 11, 2015 then had to endure a 13-month absence due to a torn ACL he suffered at Syracuse.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson said that running the triangle offense "is not paramount, but is important" for his next head coach. I'd be surprised if Phil hired a coach who wasn't committed to the triangle. Don't rule out the idea that Kurt Rambis stays on if the Knicks do well under him.

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Jacoby Ellsbury not justifying cost?

Ellsbury's seven-year, $153 million contract looks shakier since his WAR has plunged over the past three seasons. David Schoenfield examines how other stars fared in Year 1 of their mega-deals. Free agents after mega-contracts

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Phil Jackson on the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher incident and if that impacted his decision to fire Fisher: "No one's happy about what happened or what came out of that. It was embarrassing for us and for Derek. That had nothing to do with what's happened here today."

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Did Fisher deserved to be fired? (1:52)

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. "

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."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Clifford said that Thibodeau has made himself a better coach during his time off from basketball. "I think what he's done is exactly what I thought he would do is I think he used it to grow as a coach," Clifford said. "We talk regularly and when you talk to him -- he's an expert on this league. He's using this to study teams, study trends, study players. He's always been on top of it anyway, but a sabbatical, it's not like he's -- he's relaxing and doing different things like that, but he's studying. He'll be an even better coach when he comes back."

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."

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.

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Blue Jays sluggers vs. Yankees relievers

Expect intense late-game moments when the Jays battle the vaunted trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Good luck slipping a fastball past Josh Donaldson or Jose Bautista if you're behind in the count. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets rookie Chris McCullough could see some playing time tonight. Coach Tony Brown is not sure what his minutes limit will be like.

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A quick end to Derek Fisher era at MSG

On Jan. 20, the Knicks stood at .500 and were one game out of eighth place in the East. The subsequent 1-9 stretch resembled Fisher's first team, which stumbled to a 17-65 finish.

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Tyler Clippard nearing deal with Diamondbacks

Reliever Tyler Clippard, acquired by the New York Mets last season, is close to signing with Arizona according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.