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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 99 (27-20) – Portland Trail Blazers 94 (32-14)

Philadelphia 76ers 89 (9-37) – Detroit Pistons 69 (17-30)

Toronto Raptors 119 (31-15) – Sacramento Kings 102 (16-28)

Atlanta Hawks 113 (38-8) – Brooklyn Nets 102 (18-27)

Houston Rockets 99 (32-14) – Dallas Mavericks 94 (30-17)

Minnesota Timberwolves 110 (8-37) – Boston Celtics 89 (16-28)

Denver Nuggets 93 (19-27) – New Orleans Pelicans 85 (24-22)

New York Knicks 100 (9-37) – Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (23-23)

San Antonio Spurs 95 (30-17) – Charlotte Hornets 86 (19-27)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (8) Notre Dame 77 (20-2) – (4) Duke 73 (17-3)

(9) Kansas 64 (17-3) – TCU 61 (14-6)

(10) Louisville 81 (17-3) – Boston College 72 (9-10)

(12) Wichita State 58 (19-2) – Loyola of Chicago 47 (13-8)

(18) Northern Iowa 59 (19-2) – S. Illinois 52 (9-13)

Purdue 83 (13-8) – (22) Indiana 67 (15-6)

Georgia Tech 70 (10-10) – (23) Miami 50 (14-6)

(24) Oklahoma 81 (13-7) – Texas Tech 36 (11-10)

NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (25-14-9; 59pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 0 (27-13-8; 62pts)

New Jersey Devils 2 (18-22-8; 44pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (22-23-4; 48pts) SO

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/23/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Toronto Raptors 91 (28-15) - Philadelphia 76ers 86 (8-35)

Cleveland Cavaliers 129 (24-20) - Charlotte Hornets 90 (18-26)

Atlanta Hawks 103 (36-8) - Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (22-21)

New York Knicks 113 (8-36) - Orlando Magic 106 (15-31)

Miami Heat 89 (19-24) - Indiana Pacers 87 (15-30)

Chicago Bulls 102 (29-16) - Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-14)

New Orleans Pelicans 92 (22-21) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (7-35)

San Antonio Spurs 99 (28-17) - Los Angeles Lakers 85 (12-32)

Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (16) VCU 63 (16-3) - Saint Louis 61 (9-10)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/21/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/21/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (23-20) – Utah Jazz 92 (14-28)

Charlotte Hornets 78 (18-25) – Miami Heat 76 (18-24)

New York Knicks 98 (7-36) – Philadelphia 76ers 91 (8-34)

Atlanta Hawks 110 (35-8) – Indiana Pacers 91 (15-29)

Detroit Pistons 128 (17-26) – Orlando Magic 118 (15-30)

Memphis Grizzlies 92 (30-12) – Toronto Raptors 86 (27-15)

Dallas Mavericks 98 (30-13) – Minnesota Timberwolves 75 (7-34)

New Orleans Pelicans 96 (21-21) – Los Angeles Lakers 80 (12-31)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (14) Wichita State 76 (17-2) – Missouri State 53 (8-11)

(15) North Carolina 87 (15-4) – Wake Forest 71 (9-10)

(20) Northern Iowa 66 (17-2) – Indiana State 60 (9-10)

(21) Baylor 81 (14-4) – Huston-Tillotson 61

NHL:  Ottawa Senators 4 (19-18-9; 47pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (22-23-3; 47pts)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/8/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 1/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 103 (14-24) – Toronto Raptors 95 (24-11)

Houston Rockets 120 (25-11) – New York Knicks 96 (5-34)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (25) Old Dominion 72 (13-1) – Marshall 51 (4-11)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (21-15-6; 48pts) – New Jersey Devils 0 (15-21-7; 37pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 5 (13-24-4; 30pts) – Buffalo Sabres 2 (14-25-3; 31pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (16-18-7; 39pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (21-11-8; 50pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (27-12-2; 56pts) – Minnesota Wild 2 (18-16-5; 41pts)

St. Louis Blues 7 (25-13-3; 53pts) – San Jose Sharks 2 (22-15-5; 49pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (27-9-4; 58pts) – Dallas Stars 2 (18-15-7; 43pts) OT

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Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

Cavs, Knicks, Thunder Complete Three Team Trade

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Oklahoma City Thunder have completed a three-team trade headlined by Dion Waiters, Iman Shumpert, and J.R. Smith.

In the deal completed late Monday night, the Cavaliers will obtain Smith and Shumpert from the Knicks, who in turn will receive three players with non-guaranteed contracts -- Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavaliers and Lance Thomas from the Thunder. Oklahoma City will receive Dion Waiters from Cleveland.

Before the deal was completed, Cleveland officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith, according to ESPN.

The Cavaliers are also receiving a 2015 protected first-round pick from Oklahoma City. 

The Knicks are receiving the Cavaliers' 2019 second round pick, though the motivation for the move was more about financial flexibility: By trading Smith, the Knicks no longer face his $6.4 million option next season, and may have more than $30 million in cap space for free agency.

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Wizards Cruise Past the Knicks, 102-91

Wizards Cruise Past the Knicks, 102-91

NBA via Washington Wizards(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards point guard showed a national audience just why he's become one of the best guards in the NBA on Christmas Day as he led the team past the New York Knicks for a 102-91 victory.

Wall finished the game with 24 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists. He leads all Eastern Conference guards in assists, and second overall in the NBA.

It was Wall's ninth game this season with at least 20 points and 10 assists, the most in the NBA.

"I'm just a feisty guy that likes to compete," Wall said. "And I want to win games."

Even though they only won by 11 points, the game was never close. The Wizards led as many as 22 points during the contest and never trailed at any point.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did all he could to keep the team in it, as he scored a game-high 34 points.

The Wizards improved to 20-8 while the Knicks fell to 5-26.

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Knicks Guard Iman Shumpert Out 3 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Knicks Guard Iman Shumpert Out 3 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The bad news keeps coming for the New York Knicks as guard Iman Shumpert will miss the next few weeks with a dislocated left shoulder.

Shumpert suffered the injury during the second quarter of the team's win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night after colliding with Celtics' forward Jeff Green.

Now in his fourth year in the NBA, the 24-year-old Shumpert is one of the team's best defenders. In 24 games, he's averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

According to the team, Shumpert will be reevaluated after three weeks to see if and when he'll be ready to return to the court.

"We don't want to jeopardize the remaining part of his season, so we'll have to see," Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said.

Filling in for Shumpert will likely be second-year guard Tim Hardaway Jr. He's averaging 9.9 points per game this season so far.

Guard J.R. Smith is still dealing with a small partial tear of the plantar fascia and is day-to-day.

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Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Knicks Snap Skid with Win Over Boston

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- The New York Knicks finally snapped a 10-game losing streak on Friday night, defeating the Boston Celtics 101-95 on the road. It was the first win for New York (5-20) since beating Philadelphia back on Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden.

"It's always hard when you're climbing uphill, then you get that one game like today. It's kind of like relief," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "It gives you a chance to feel what winning a basketball game is like."

Anthony cause some headlines, before leading his team with 22 points, when rumors swirled that the forward would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if the right situation presented itself. The 30-year-old told reporters before the game that those were just rumors. Anthony shot 9-for-20 in the win, pulling down five rebounds and blocking three shots.

New York opened the game shooting well, holding a 26-19 lead after the first quarter, while their defense helped set the tone. The Knicks held Boston (7-14) to just 7-of-22 from three-point land and forced 17 total turnovers.

The win snapped the longest losing streak for the Knicks since 2005-06 when they also dropped 10 in a row.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 115 (14-8) - Portland Trail Blazers 106 (17-6)

Washington Wizards 104 (16-6) - Los Angeles Clippers 96 (16-6)

Atlanta Hawks 87 (16-6) - Orlando Magic 81 (9-16) 

New York Knicks 101 (5-20) - Boston Celtics 95 (7-14)

Brooklyn Nets 88 (9-12) - Philadelphia 76ers 70 (2-20)

Toronto Raptors 106 (17-6) - Indiana Pacers 94 (7-16) 

Memphis Grizzlies 113 (18-4) - Charlotte Hornets 107 (6-16) - Double Overtime

Oklahoma City Thunder 111 (10-13) - Minnesota Timberwolves 92 (5-17)

New Orleans Pelicans 119 (11-11) - Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (13-9) 

Detroit Pistons 105 (4-19) - Phoenix Suns 103 (12-12)

Miami Heat 100 (11-12) - Utah Jazz 95 (6-17)

Los Angeles Lakers 112 (7-16) - San Antonio Spurs 110 (16-7) - Overtime

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (19-6-3, 41pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (17-12-2, 36pts) 

Florida Panthers 3 (12-8-7, 31pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (17-6-7, 41pts)

Montreal Canadiens 6 (19-10-2, 40pts) - Los Angeles Kings 2 (15-10-5, 35pts)

Anaheim Ducks 4 (20-6-5, 45pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-18-5, 19pts)

Top 25 Men's Basketball: (14) Iowa State 90 (7-1) - Iowa 75 (8-3)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Week 11: Kansas City Chiefs 24 (7-3) – Seattle Seahawks 20 (6-4)

Atlanta Falcons 19 (4-6) – Carolina Panthers 17 (3-7-1)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (6-3-1) – New Orleans Saints 10 (4-6)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (2-8) – Washington Redskins 7 (3-7)

St. Louis Rams 22 (4-6) – Denver Broncos 7 (7-3)

San Francisco 49ers 16 (6-4) – New York Giants 10 (3-7)

Chicago Bears 21 (4-6) – Minnesota Vikings 13 (4-6)

Houston Texans 23 (5-5) – Cleveland Browns 7 (6-4)

Arizona Cardinals 14 (9-1) - Detroit Lions 6 (7-3)

Green Bay Packers 53 (7-3) - Philadelphia Eagles 20 (7-3)

San Diego Chargers 13 (6-4) - Oakland Raiders 6 (0-10)

NBA: New York Knicks 109 (3-8) – Denver Nuggets 93 (2-7)

Milwaukee Bucks 91 (5-5) – Miami Heat 84 (5-5)

Houston Rockets 69 (9-1) - Oklahoma City Thunder 65 (3-8)

NHL: San Jose Sharks 2 (10-8-2; 22pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 0 (5-9-3; 13pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (10-7-0; 20pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (9-7-3; 21pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 6 (10-7-1; 21pts) - Dallas Stars 2 (6-8-4; 16pts)

Florida Panthers 6 (6-4-5; 17pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (11-4-4; 26pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-4-1; 29pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (8-4-5; 21pts)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball:  (1) Kentucky 71 (2-0) – Buffalo 52 (1-1)

(2) Arizona 86 (2-0) - CS Northridge 68 (0-2)

(3) Wisconsin 89 (2-0) – Chattanooga 45 (1-1)

(6) North Carolina 103 (2-0) – Robert Morris 59 (0-2)

(9) Virginia 67 (2-0) – Norfolk State 39 (1-1)

(10) Texas 85 (2-0) - Alcorn State 53 (0-2)

(19) Oklahoma 78 (1-0) – Southeastern Louisiana 53 (0-2)

(21) Nebraska 80 (1-0) – Northern Kentucky 61 (0-2)

(23) Syracuse 65 (2-0) – Hampton 47 (0-2)

Holy Cross 58 (1-0) – (25) Harvard 57 (1-1)

NASCAR: Kevin Harvick captured the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship on Sunday with a win in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 

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Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Knicks Spoil James’ Return to Cleveland

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James' first game back in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers didn't have a fairy tale ending.Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points to help the New York Knicks beat the Cavaliers 95-90 Thursday night, ruining James' homecoming.With 2:58 left in the game, the Cavaliers went on a 8-2 run to cut the Knicks' lead to three. But Anthony's jumper with 25.9 seconds to play made the score 92-87, ultimately sealing the deal for New York.James finished the game with 17 points on 5-for-15 shooting while also grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists. Kevin Love had a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds in his first game as a Cavalier.James, who left the Cavaliers for Miami in the summer of 2010, re-signed with his home-state squad this summer. Since then, the team has acquired a multitude of new faces including Kevin Love, Mike Miller, and Shawn Marion.Before the game, thousands of fans gathered in downtown Cleveland to celebrate King James' return. There was a free concert featuring Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons in a parking lot across from Quicken Loans Arena.Tickets for the game were selling for more than $10,000 a pop on the secondary market and celebrities such as a Michael Strahan, David Beckham, and Justin Bieber all attended.James will now have to wait until Nov. 10, when New Orleans comes to town, to get another chance for his first win in Cleveland this season.

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Knicks’ Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks

Knicks’ Jose Calderon Out 2-3 Weeks

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the regular season barely a day old for the New York Knicks, they've already lost their starting point guard: Jose Calderon will be out the next 2-3 weeks with a right calf strain.

Up until about 90 minutes before the Knicks' season opener against the Chicago Bulls, the team expected Calderon in the starting lineup until he aggravated the calf injury during warm-ups.

The Knicks brought in the 33-year-old Calderon to help stabilize the position for the team. He had spent the last season with the Dallas Mavericks where he averaged 11.4 points and 4.7 assists per game for the team.

He was part of the trade that sent center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks.

Replacing Calderon in the lineup will be second-year guard Shane Larkin, who was also acquired in the Chandler trade.

In the first start of his NBA career on Wednesday, Larkin scored six points and three assists in 26 minutes of action in what proved to be a 24-point loss.

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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Even though he'll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team's point guard position.

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Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Melo Meets with Knicks and Lakers

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday was a busy day for one of the NBA's most sought after free agents. After spending two hours meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers, Carmelo Anthony also spent time with his most recent team in the New York Knicks.

Anthony sat down with members of both team's leadership and discussed possible terms of contracts as he enters his first ever free agency period. The Lakers contingent was reportedly to include star Kobe Bryant, but the small forward was unable to get back to California in time following a family vacation in Europe. Bryant did say he planned to met with Anthony later in the day.

Following a two and a half hour meeting, Los Angeles told the small forward they would be willing to offer him maximum contract worth $96 million over four years. If Anthony chose to stay with the Knicks, he could garner a five-year deal with a $129 million price tag. New York reiterated to Anthony that he would be given such a contract if he chose to stay.

Anthony has also met with Chicago, Dallas, and Houston during this free agency period. 

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Knicks Agree to Send Center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks

Knicks Agree to Send Center Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks

NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) -- Tyson Chandler is heading back to the Mavericks as the New York Knicks and Dallas have agreed on a six-player trade with Chandler as the center piece.

The trade would sent Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks in exchange for point guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin along with guard Wayne Ellington, center Samuel Dalembert, and two second-round picks in Thursday night's draft.

Chandler played for the Mavericks during the 2010-2011 season -- the season they won their one and only NBA Championship.

"The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues," Knicks executive Phil Jackson said in the announcement. "We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility."

This move will help Dallas pursue top free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.

For the Knicks, it provides future flexibility, young players, and draft picks, which is something the Knicks haven't had much of in recent years.

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Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Carmelo Anthony Opts Out

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony has informed the team that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Anthony, who had hinted towards the decision during the regular season, will be able to negotiate with any team on July 1.

Anthony has the ability to sign a maximum contract worth $96 million over five years with any team outside of the Knicks. Should he choose to resign with New York, the small forward could command a max deal worth $129 million.

Sources close to Anthony say the Chicago Bulls are one team that he would consider playing for. Among others that could garner his services are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com reported earlier in June that the Miami Heat have also inquired about signing Anthony. Meanwhile, Knicks president Phil Jackson had expressed his hope that Anthony would "opt in" to the final year of his deal and test free agency in 2015.

New York went 37-45 this past season, led by Anthony's 27.4 points per game. Should he leave, Anthony would become the fifth player in the last 30 years to change teams after averaging more than 27 points that year and the first to do so since LeBron James.

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Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

Carmelo Anthony: Meeting Went Well with Phil Jackson

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- The days for Carmelo Anthony to decide if he is opting out of his current contract are quickly approaching.

Still, Anthony said a recent meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson was positive.

"It was great meeting with Phil. It went well," Anthony told two reporters in New York City on Wednesday as he promoted his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.

The Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new head coach and Anthony had no problems with that either. "I like what Phil is doing," Anthony added.

Anthony has until June 23 to notify the New York Knicks on whether he'll be coming back next year or become a free agent in July, reports ESPN.com.

Anthony is spending his offseason with his family in Los Angeles.

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Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.

"If Carmelo would really love to come here, we'd love to have him," Nowitzki said in a radio interview.

Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.

Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.

"Listen, I think I've showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody," Nowitzki said. "The only tough season I think we've had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I've shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I'll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I'll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner."

Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, 'Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.

Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.

The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.

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N.Y. Knicks Introduce Derek Fisher As New Head Coach

N.Y. Knicks Introduce Derek Fisher As New Head Coach

NBA Logo(NEW YORK) -- The New York Knicks introduced Derek Fisher as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Fisher played for Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson for parts of nine seasons, winning five NBA championships.

“For Phil and the history we have together,” Fisher said, “to have this opportunity now to work together again is something that is extremely exciting and I look forward to it in a very special way.”

Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday that Fisher and Knicks were in the process of finalizing a five-year, $25 million contract.

The Knicks haven’t won the NBA championship since the 1972-73 season, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals.

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Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Phil Jackson Fined $25K for Tampering

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for tampering with Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher.

Sources with knowledge of the situation said that Jackson was fined for comments he made at a press conference last week regarding the Thunder guard. Jackson had said that Fisher was on his short list of possible candidates for the vacant Knicks head coaching position. Fisher was still an active member of the Thunder when the comments were made.

The league's anti-tampering rules state that teams cannot directly or indirectly express their interest in other team's impeding free agents. Fisher's contract with Oklahoma City was up when the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday. Fisher played for Jackson while with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and again from 2007-2011.

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