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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.
Top NBA teams struggling
While the San Antonio Spurs are soaring, three of the league's foremost contenders are sputtering. This isn't to say they're doomed, but the Indiana Pacers (four straight losses), Miami Heat (three) and Oklahoma City Thunder (two, Sunday's coming against the lowly Los Angeles Lakers) haven't looked so formidable in recent days. Which team's stretch is most worrying? How will each fare come playoff time?
The NBA's sleeved jerseys have a ways to go before being accepted by the league's most famous player. LeBron James partially blamed the new jerseys for his awful 6-of-18 shooting night in the Heat's 111-87 loss to the Spurs.
"Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm," said James. "I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing."
It's not the first time LeBron has had a bad game while wearing sleeves: he was 0-for-4 from 3-point range against the Lakers on Christmas and 0-for-7 from the same range during the All-Star Game. We're pretty sure he'd be able to adjust if they were a full-time thing, but for now, LeBron seems to be a different player when his shoulders are covered.
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Spurs good chance at title?
A shift occurred Sunday in the Western Conference, after the Oklahoma City Thunder were shocked by the Los Angeles Lakers. The San Antonio Spurs moved into first place, helped by a six-game winning streak during which they hammered the defending-champion Miami Heat 111-87. For weeks we've all but handed the West's NBA Finals trip to Kevin Durant & Co., but perhaps those Spurs -- who won the conference last season -- could again be the team to beat come playoff time. What do you think? Cast your votes below!