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Knicks hire Derek Fisher
Like their Brooklyn neighbors before them, the New York Knicks have turned to an active player -- or one who was active the previous season -- to become their new head coach. Yes, the Knicks reportedly have hired Derek Fisher to take over the spot vacated by Mike Woodson. This is the first big move made by new Knicks president Phil Jackson. Next up: convincing Carmelo Anthony to stay.
Kerr picks Warriors over Knicks
Steve Kerr has made his choice, and it's not the job most expected him to take when his name emerged as an NBA head-coaching candidate. Instead of the New York Knicks, who now are headed by Kerr's former coach Phil Jackson as team president, the former long-range specialist chose to stay in his native California by taking the Golden State Warriors' offer. Kerr replaces Mark Jackson, who was fired after a three-year run filled with success but also much clashing with staff and front-office members.
Knicks fire Mike Woodson
The Knicks are cleaning house under Phil Jackson, as they fired Mike Woodson and the rest of the team's coaching staff on Monday. Woodson was 109-79 as the team's head coach, but he struggled to live up to expectations this season, posting a 37-45 record and missing the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference. This is the first real impact move of Jackson's tenure as Knicks president -- and Steve Kerr says he will talk about the job with Jackson -- but given the state of the team this past season, it likely will not be the last.
Knicks interested in Lamar Odom
The Knicks aren't making the playoffs this season, but that isn't delaying their plans for next season. New York is reportedly interested in signing Lamar Odom before the season ends, bringing the veteran free agent on board so he can adjust to the Knicks' system immediately. It's been a troubled year for Odom, but he's still a talented player who could end up thriving in a different situation with a team under new management.
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Eastern Conference playoff races
The Eastern Conference is, uh, not so great this season. So it's only appropriate that the two biggest races -- for the first and last playoff spots -- don't exactly feature scintillating play. This all came into focus Sunday, when the first-place Miami Heat beat, but not terribly convincingly, the struggling, ninth-place New York Knicks. Not to be outdone, the Indiana Pacers were outscored 55-23 in the first half ... at home ... in a 107-88 loss to the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks. Yikes. What's your take on the East going forward?