New York Knicks are widely expected to reach a deal with Thunder guard Derek Fisher to become their next coach this week.
Tampering be damned. Its hard for me to believe Derek Fisher has the ability to control the ever going drama that is the NY Knicks but with Phil Jackson running the show and a bunch of salary cap space opening up in the coming seasons things could start to turn around especially if they are capable of keeping Carmelo in NY and surround him with complementary talent. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender