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    The decision-makers of the New York Knicks are ghosting their team

    NEW YORK — Before the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers faced off at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, Mike Miller — the man tapped to replace David Fizdale as New York’s interim coach — walked into the news conference room in Madison Square Garden, placed both hands on the wooden podium and addressed reporters. The men who fired Fizdale — team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry — did not. Miller opened with diplomatic pleasantries saying, “I would like to thank coach Fiz for the opportunity to be a part of his staff.” He was asked why the decision to fire Fizdale was made Friday. He…

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    76ers coach Brett Brown wants Ben Simmons taking one 3 a game

    11:22 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN PHILADELPHIA — What would Brett Brown like for Christmas? One 3-point shot per game from his All-Star point guard. After his Philadelphia 76ers routed the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers 141-94 at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, Brown was asked about Ben Simmons taking — and making — his second 3-pointer of both the season and his career. And, in response, Brown said he’d like to see Simmons take at least one of them a game — every game — moving forward. 1 Related “This is what I want,” Brown said, ”and you can pass it along to his agent, his family and friends. I…

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    Pelicans vs. Mavericks – Game Recap – December 7, 2019

    DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 28 points in 26 minutes, leading Dallas in a rout of New Orleans 130-84 on Saturday. The Mavericks’ 46-point win wasn’t the largest margin of victory this season — they outscored the Golden State Warriors by 48 last month. Dallas (18-8) has won five in a row and 10 of 11 for the first time since winning is its only NBA championship in 2010-11. Meanwhile, New Orleans is on an eight-game losing streak. Doncic didn’t play in the fourth quarter after the Mavericks ran up a 38-point lead at 104-66. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis scored 14 and 13 points before taking a seat…

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    Metta World Peace campaigns on Twitter for the Knicks head coaching job

    The New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale Friday, continuing the revolving door of coaches for the franchise in recent years. While assistant Mike Miller (not that one) will take over in the interim, one former Knicks player has already begun his campaign to get the full-time job: Metta World Peace. World Peace, who was known as Ron Artest when he played at St. John’s, was a favorite of Knicks fans, who were heartbroken when the team passed on him in the 1999 NBA draft. Fourteen years and a name change later he finally played a single season for the Knicks in 2013-14. He retired after a final two-year…

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    LeBron James says matching up against Carmelo Anthony ‘always special’

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Nearly two decades after they met at a USA Basketball camp, LeBron James, playing for his third NBA team, and Carmelo Anthony, playing for his fifth, matched up once again in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 136-113 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. James got the better of Anthony, putting up 31 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds to the Blazers star’s 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. “It’s always special,” James, 34, said of facing Anthony, 35, in 2019 after they first connected as teenagers. “I can’t even lie, it’s always special to be on the floor with a brother of mine.” 1 Related…

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    Cavs ready to listen to trade offers for Kevin Love, sources say

    As NBA trade possibilities expand beginning Dec. 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers are expressing a willingness to listen to trade offers for All-Star forward Kevin Love, league sources told ESPN. Cleveland is open to the idea of moving Love before the Feb. 7 trade deadline should the Cavaliers find a requisite package of young assets and/or future draft picks, league sources said. 1 Related Love is an intriguing target for franchises in both conferences, especially in a season in which so many teams believe a key addition could catapult them into championship contention. Dec. 15 represents the date that players who signed free-agent contracts in the offseason are eligible to be…

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    Sources — Knicks fire David Fizdale after Eastern Conference-worst 4-18 mark

    As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday, league sources told ESPN. The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst record in franchise history. New York also fired top assistant Keith Smart, league sources said. Assistant coach Mike Miller is the likely choice to become interim coach, with Pat Sullivan as a possible candidate too, league sources told Ramona Shelburne. 1 Related Fizdale was 21-83 in less than two seasons as Knicks coach, and he is owed the…

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    Carmelo Anthony finally feels like he belongs again with Trail Blazers

    ON AN OVERCAST Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles, Carmelo Anthony strides along a sidewalk in sneakers, black sweatpants and a black hoodie pulled over his head. He’s heading toward the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where the Portland Trail Blazers are staying, after making the short trek from shootaround at nearby Staples Center. His teammates have already departed the arena by bus, but Anthony is slow to leave following a 12-minute media session with a small group of reporters. One day earlier, he was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, his first such honor since 2014. Winning that award — after averaging 22.3 points and 7.7 rebounds and helping lead the…

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    Pelicans’ Zion Williamson won’t play back-to-backs upon return

    10:34 PM ET Andrew LopezESPN NEW ORLEANS — When Zion Williamson finally does take the floor for his season debut with the New Orleans Pelicans, expect the team to be mindful of the workload for this year’s No. 1 overall pick. David Griffin, the Pelicans’ vice president of basketball operations, said Williamson’s return to the floor will be heavily monitored. “He very likely will not be asked to take the pounding of back-to-backs initially,” Griffin said on the team’s television broadcast. “There will be a sort of ramp-up for him to getting back to where you would call him full strength, but he’s certainly going to be playing, and we’re…

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    David Fizdale calls Knicks’ effort in latest loss ‘sickening’

    Things didn’t get any better for the New York Knicks and embattled coach David Fizdale on Thursday night as they dropped a 129-92 decision to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. It was the eighth straight loss for the 4-18 Knicks. The Knicks trailed by 43 points in the fourth quarter three nights after a 44-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and Fizdale said the team’s effort was “sickening.” Last month, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported that league sources said Knicks president Steve Mills had started laying the internal groundwork for Fizdale’s eventual firing. After Thursday’s loss, Fizdale was asked if he was worried New York’s struggles…