New York • The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on Tuesday, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his most trustworthy former players.
Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was tabbed to replace Mike Woodson, whom Jackson fired after the season in his first major move as team president.
Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots while playing an NBA-record 259 playoff games.
Price meets with Cavs about coaching job
Cleveland • Mark Price, a four-time All-Star point guard during nine seasons with Cleveland, interviewed Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fired Mike Brown nearly a month ago and have been on a twisting search for his successor. Price spent last season as an assistant in Charlotte under Steve Clifford.
New format: Heat to return to Texas
Miami • No matter what happens in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are getting on a plane and returning to San Antonio this weekend.
The 2-3-2 format that had been in play since 1985 —the lower seed in the finals played three consecutive games at home mainly to minimize the amount of cross-country flights needed during the title series — is no more, with the NBA making the decision last year to instead use the 2-2-1-1-1 system utilized in all other playoff rounds.
Starz releases trailer for LeBron’s sitcom
Miami • LeBron James’ sitcom is closer to becoming reality.
Starz released the official trailer for “Survivor’s Remorse” on Tuesday.
James is an executive producer of the show, which tells the story of a basketball phenom who turns pro, signs a big-money contract and deals with the challenge of having opportunistic family members with strong ties to their poor upbringing.
Anti-Redskins ad airs during NBA Finals
An American Indian tribe that believes the Washington NFL team’s nickname is racist and should be changed purchased a 60-second advertisement that aired during halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The ad was slotted for the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington markets Tuesday night. It aired in Miami during Game 2 of the series.
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of northern California purchased the time for the airing of a 60-second version of the National Congress of American Indians’ “Proud To Be” ad.
A longer version is available online, at ChangeTheMascot.org.
Spoelstra reacts to Pacquiao as coach
Manny Pacquiao is taking over as a basketball coach in the Philippines Basketball Association. The longtime boxing champion was introduced this week as the coach of a new Kia team in that league, with the season opening in October.
And even though Erik Spoelstra is wildly popular in the Philippines, the coach of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat might have just lost his title as that nation’s favorite basketball coach.
“Well, I’m not taking a boxing job,” said Spoelstra, a Filipino-American who has close ties to his mother’s homeland. “But I know he’s a huge basketball fan, so it doesn’t surprise me.”
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