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The interim label was firmly affixed to the new head coach, but Knicks president Phil Jackson insisted he has his man in Kurt Rambis and is not seeking candidates to replace Derek Fisher, ousted after a season and a half. “Kurt Rambis will be the new coach. We’re not in a coaching hunt, looking for anybody else. He’s the associate head coach. I have complete confidence in his ability to coach this team,” Jackson said Monday, indicating Rambis will serve out at least the rest of the season. “He has plenty of experience.” NY Post
Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was named interim coach for at least the rest of the season. Rambis compiled a 56-145 record (.279) as coach of the Timberwolves and Lakers. “We’re not in a coaching hunt, looking for anybody else,” Jackson said. “I have complete confidence in his ability to coach this team.” NY Newsday
[Phil] Jackson said it was his decision to fire Fisher, who won five NBA titles as a player with the Lakers under Jackson. Jackson said he and general manager Steve Mills talked about it and then informed Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan Sunday night. NY Newsday
Fisher, who was in the second year of a five-year, $25-million deal, said he took “some responsibility” after Sunday’s five-point loss, but Jackson said the players do, also. NY Newsday
When asked about the New York Knicks firing coach Derek Fisher, Stan Van Gundy was complimentary. What? The Detroit Pistons coach typically blasts the firing of coaches. But Fisher’s firing Monday was mostly unexpected, and Van Gundy noted the Knicks didn’t subject Fisher to a barrage of news leaks. Detroit Free Press
“I feel bad for Derek, but I’ll give them credit for one thing,” [Stan] Van Gundy said before Pistons faced the Toronto Raptors at the Palace. “(It) was one of the few firings where we didn’t read any rumors, we weren’t going through the rumor mill. Derek didn’t have to deal with that, it came out of the blue. “It probably (ticked) off the media in New York actually. They didn’t get a chance to speculate on it for weeks and things like that. Detroit Free Press
Center Andre Drummond is struggling with a sore hip he experienced after taking a nasty fall during Thursday’s victory over the Knicks at the Palace. Also, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a sprained ankle in a game on assignment with the Pistons’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive. Detroit Free Press
Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent successful arthroscopic surgery this morning to clean out debris from his left knee, the team announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center. Ezeli, who is expected to return this season, will be re-evaluated in six weeks. InsideHoops
The Phoenix Suns announced today they have signed guard Jordan McRae to a second 10-day contract. McRae signed his first 10-day contract with the Suns on Jan. 29. The 24-year-old guard has appeared in five games with Phoenix, averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 assists in 13.0 minutes. InsideHoops
Terrico White of the Bakersfield Jam was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb 7. The honor is the first of White’s career. White (6-5, 190, Ole Miss) helped Bakersfield to a 3-0 week, averaging 29.7 points (third in the league) on 52.5 percent shooting (32-for-61) to go with 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. InsideHoops
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