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Brooklyn Nets establish Phil Jackson as top coaching target, so…

Brooklyn Nets establish Phil Jackson as top coaching target, sources say

ESPN.com nba.com Updated Dec 27, 2012
Undaunted by Phil Jackson's reported reluctance to coach their team, Brooklyn Nets officials have established Jackson as their top target in the wake of Avery Johnson's dismissal, according to NBA coaching sources.
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  • Net Change: After dropping 10 of 13, the Nets fired Avery Joh……

    Net Change: After dropping 10 of 13, the Nets fired Avery Joh…

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    After dropping 10 of 13, the Nets fired Avery Johnson as their coach. He may have been the first casualty of increased expectations, but his ouster was deserved, says Chris Mannix.
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  • Nets GM expects D-Will, Humphries vs. Bobcats

    Nets GM expects D-Will, Humphries vs. Bobcats

    ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King sounded optimistic that point guard Deron Williams and power forward Kris Humphries will be back in the lineup for Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
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  • Knicks' Felton awaits decision on finger injury

    Knicks' Felton awaits decision on finger injury

    nba.com ESPN.com Dec 27, 2012
    New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won't need surgery on his broken right pinky finger and is expected to be out at least a month.
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  • Court Vision: Nets eye big name to replace Johnson?

    Court Vision: Nets eye big name to replace Johnson?

    Court Vision: Nets eye big name to replace Johnson?
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  • Irrational Confidence Becomes Incredible Production For J.R. Sm…

    Irrational Confidence Becomes Incredible Production For J.R. Smith & The Knicks

    dimemag.com Dec 27, 2012
    It used to be that every great team had one: a guy that believed they were the best, most talented player on the floor, even when they weren’t. This feeling of greatness was primarily contained in the player’s own brain, and came despite ample evidenc
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  • J.R. Smith ties it, wins it with 2 tough jumpers in last 10 sec…

    J.R. Smith ties it, wins it with 2 tough jumpers in last 10 seconds to push Knicks past Suns (VIDEOS)

    yahoo.com Dec 27, 2012
    With leading scorer Carmelo Anthony out with a hyperextended left knee and starting point guard Raymond Felton sidelined by a fractured right pinkie that could require surgery and a four-to-six-week shelving - two injuries suffered during a 100-94 Chris
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  • The Lakers Get Pushed To A Breaking Point; The Hawks Almost Get…

    The Lakers Get Pushed To A Breaking Point; The Hawks Almost Get Embarrassed

    dimemag.com Dec 27, 2012
    A great recipe for disaster — at least if you’re the Lakers — is playing in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back. Old legs. The high altitude. The penchant of the Nuggets to play fast and frenetic. It almost never works out for L.A., and las
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  • Smith lifts depleted Knicks over Suns at buzzer

    Smith lifts depleted Knicks over Suns at buzzer

    ESPN.com dimemag.com Dec 27, 2012
    J.R. Smith sank a baseline 21-footer at the buzzer after a Phoenix turnover with a second to play, giving the depleted New York Knicks a 99-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night.
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  • Bucks top Nets 13th straight time as Williams sits

    Bucks top Nets 13th straight time as Williams sits

    CNNSI.com Dec 27, 2012
    Bucks top Nets 13th straight time as Williams sits
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  • Video - Nets Fire Avery Johnson 04:12

    Nets Fire Avery Johnson

    Dec 27
    Chris Broussard discusses the Nets' firing of head coach Avery Johnson.
  • Video - Clippers Win 15th Straight 03:39

    Clippers Win 15th Straight

    Dec 27
    Highlight Of The Night: Clippers rout Celtics by 29 points to win a franchise best 15th straight game.
  • Video - Raymond Felton Expects To Miss 4-6 Weeks 03:34

    Raymond Felton Expects To Miss 4-6 Weeks

    Dec 27
    ESPNNewYork.com's Jared Zwerling discusses Knicks PG Raymond Felton's injured finger.
  • Video - Clippers Win 15th Straight 01:15

    Clippers Win 15th Straight

    Dec 27
    Clippers route Celtics for the 106-77 win.

Sports Columnists

  • Brooklyn Nets establish Phil Jackson as top coaching target, sources say

    Dec 27
    Undaunted by Phil Jackson's reported reluctance to coach their team, Brooklyn Nets officials have established Jackson as their top target in the wake of Avery Johnson's dismissal, according to NBA coaching sources.
  • Daily Dime: Fifteen straight for Clippers

    Dec 27
    The Clippers' 15th straight win was another blowout. The Clippers will need challenges to sharpen their playoff form, writes J.A. Adande.
  • Ian Thomsen: LeBron doesn't need a second act in Cleveland

    Dec 27
    This has been the year of LeBron James, who earned the NBA championship, the Olympic gold medal and Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. And as his outstanding 2012 ends, one persistent rumor has taken hold.