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December 29, 2012 | 07:17 PM ET Update

The team fully intends on reaching out to the retired Jackson and trying to persuade him to return to his roots. The question now is whether the deep pockets that billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been known for since taking over the team in May 2010 will be enough to lure Jackson - the former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls coach who won a league-record 11 championships. USA Today Sports

Jeff Van Gundy, the former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach who is currently an ESPN analyst, confirmed in a text message to USA TODAY Sports that he has a personal policy of not talking to teams about jobs as long as a coach is in place. The Nets made assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo the interim head coach after firing Avery Johnson on Thursday, and it appears Van Gundy -- who is known to be a top candidate -- will stay out of this fray for now. USA Today Sports

Despite reports to the contrary, the person said that Houston assistant Kelvin Sampson is not currently on the list. USA Today Sports

The Nets are willing to wait until the offseason to find a new coach "if the right name is not there," one person with knowledge of their plans told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the matter. But because of their serious interest in Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson, it's far from certain that the job will still be available by season's end. USA Today Sports

Darren Wolfson: Told James Anderson is close to a deal w/ a different NBA team (not sure whom at this point). #Twolves passing after his workout on Wed. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Besiktas and Galatasaray finally agreed on free-agent guard Carlos Arroyo’s buy-out. Galatasaray will pay 420.000 USD to Besiktas. Abdullah Sozer of Besiktas confirmed the news to TrendBasket. “The deal is done. Galatasaray will pay 420.000 USD for Arroyo’s buy-out.” Sozer said to TrendBasket. TrendBasket

There's no denying that Anthony has played his best, as have the Knicks as a whole, while Stoudemire has been sidelined the first two months of this season. But with Stoudemire now expected to return on Tuesday, Anthony is quick to roll his eyes at the thought that New York can't be a better team with the former All-Star forward back on the floor. "We need him," Anthony told Yahoo! Sports after the Knicks' 106-105 loss to the Sacramento Kings. "I know we are playing well, but the more bodies, the better, especially at this point where guys are doing well. …We are ready for him." Yahoo! Sports

Stoudemire "is hungrier than anything because he keeps hearing that he and 'Melo can't coexist on the basketball court," Camby said. "You have to give a guy like Amar'e a lot of credit because during that free agent period [in 2010] he was the only one that wanted to take a lot of responsibility and play under a microscope. Just how he handled things once 'Melo decided to come here … there has been no ego from what I have has seen. He wants to prove a lot of people wrong on the aspect that they can't coexist." Yahoo! Sports

How often do you get asked about the knee injury you suffered almost six years ago? Shaun Livingston: It's still the elephant in the room. Everybody still asks me about it. I came a long way. Q: Does it bother you any more? Shaun Livingston: It swells from time to time. I've still got to do maintenance. I'll have to do that for the rest of my life. But to play the game of basketball, it's worth it. Q: Is it true that you have never watched a replay of the injury? Shaun Livingston: Never watched it. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jim Eichenhofer: Hornets announce Eric Gordon is activated for tonight's game at Bobcats. Darius Miller will be inactive. NOLA has 14 healthy players now. Twitter @Jim_Eichenhofer

December 29, 2012 | 04:16 PM ET Update

Jon Krawczynski: Brandon Roy is weighing retirement vs looking for 1 more medical procedure to try to help his knees. He's gone back and forth last 2 days Twitter

Galatasaray and Besiktas reached an agreement on Carlos Arroyo's buyout who is now close to joining Galatasaray for the season. Besiktas will get $400.000 from Galatasaray, as confirmed by Abdullah Sozer to Trendbasket. Sportando

Following the game, Kobe was asked about his own jersey retirement ceremony. Who would present his jersey when the time came? After pausing for a moment, Kobe responded, "I'd probably force Shaq to do it." USA Today Sports

It was assumed his stats would drop after he averaged 17.2 points last season for Cleveland. It wasn’t assumed he would sit on the bench for entire games. “There’s a competitor in me that wants to compete and I know I can help the team,” Jamison said. “Whenever I get answers, I guess I’ll feel more better about the situation but nothing has been told to me why nothing has happened or that I did anything wrong. “DNPs for the first time in my career. I have not had a conversation with [D’Antoni] about anything about the situation.” Los Angeles Times

“It’s exciting in a way, to have the opportunity to start over,” Brooks said after scoring nine points in 20 minutes in the Nets’ 97-81 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night, making a winner out of interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo in his debut. “For whatever reason, me and Avery didn’t really mesh too well. He wasn’t playing me that much, but he taught me a lot, and I’m just going to take (what I learned) to P.J.” ESPN.com

December 29, 2012 | 01:07 PM ET Update

Ray Richardson: T-Wolves P.R. saying B Roy out for 'personal reasons'. Been absent last 2 days of practice. League source tells Yahoo Roy has had setback Twitter @Twolvesnow

What has seemed like an eternity now has an end coming into focus. Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, who has battled a severe hip injury for months, is plotting a Jan. 13 return. He revealed the plan after participating in a shootaround Friday morning at American Airlines Arena, hours before the Nuggets' game against the Mavericks. It was his first team-oriented drill in a while since being shut down in November. "I'm very excited," Chandler said. "The first time, I was excited to play, but I was kind of weak and just wasn't ready. This time around, I feel really strong and confident about it." Denver Post

Sam Amick: Jeff Van Gundy consistent on Nets' job stance (see @Ken Berger, @wojyahoonba). His declining of comment to me Thur. actually went like this... JVG, via text: "Totally inappropriate for me to comment at all since (interim coach) PJ (Carlesimo) deserves every chance to succeed." Twitter @sam_amick

If reports are to be believed, the move by a Filipino to invest in the National Basketball Association in the USA has been revived. Torpedoed in the past due to the astronomical amount of money needed to get into the NBA, the make-it-to-the-NBA dream was floated anew by its original dreamer: Manny V. Pangilinan. Known simply as MVP to those close to him, Pangilinan was reportedly zeroing in on “acquiring a minority stake” in an NBA team. Sun-Star

Recently, reports are rife that MVP, who owns PLDT and Meralco among many giant companies that he controls, has set his sights anew at the NBA. But this time, he would only enter “through the fringes.” “There are actually opportunities for five- to 10-percent stakes in some teams [in the NBA],” MVP was quoted as saying. “Although we haven’t made any agreement yet, one of these days, I think we will.” He said he was still sticking to his old plan of totally abandoning the idea of acquiring a majority stake in the NBA and, instead, “we may initially settle on being minority shareholders.” Sun-Star

December 29, 2012 | 09:02 AM ET Update

There's a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term. ESPN.com

One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani remains "a lock to be moved." That naturally depends on finding a taker for the underachieving Italian forward, but Lowry's contract shouldn't be too hard to attach to a trade, valued at $5.8 million this season and with only $1 million guaranteed of the $6.2 million he's owed next season. ESPN.com

Mark Medina: Antawn Jamison to me about 5 DNP's: "It doesn't make sense at all. They're pretty much telling me my services are no longer needed." Twitter

The self-criticism, if not self-loathing, that followed was priceless after he called the NBA's additional $35,000 fine “a lot for a foul.” “I've got to do a better job of keeping my composure, not getting frustrated, and also remember to play for my teammates at all times and stay on the right path,” he said. “I've just got to continue to play through it, whatever it is, if the calls go my way or not my way. I've just got to find ways to affect the game and not let the game affect me.” Los Angeles Times

Play and quote of the night go to Jarrett Jack, who heaved Dorelle Wright's lost shoe into the stands and afterward feigned mock-surprise that the 76ers felt it was unnecessary and borderline unsportsmanlike. "I didn't want anybody to step on it and get hurt," he said, unable to disguise the mischievous glint in his eye. "I should get a sportsmanship *award.* I was trying to help." Sulia

December, though, has been an entirely different story as Hibbert bumped his percentages up to 43.1 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe and has often looked like the All-Star he was a year ago. There are a lot of things to which we can attribute those early struggles and the subsequent turnaround, but Hibbert seems to think it was actually something pretty simple. “I had a wrist problem,” Hibbert admitted. “There was just a little weakness there from last year’s playoffs, but [trainers] are fixing the problem right now. I’m happy because it was affecting my shot, but now I’m getting better.” HoopsWorld

Somebody needed to say it, so Dominique Jones – a player who has been on a championship team, but also had trouble playing consistently enough to earn playing time – said it. “We just got to tough it out,” said Jones, the backup point guard who got a quick hook early in the second quarter when things were going south for the Mavericks. “We can’t look for people to blame. Everybody in the organization just needs to look in the mirror. “People say we’re so close. I don’t think we’re close to being a good team. I think we got a lot of work to do. Everybody’s got to be on the same page and have the same goals. We can’t worry about there being nine free agents or why is this guy playing or why ain’t this guy playing. Everybody’s just got to be on the same page.” Dallas Morning News

Chris Douglas-Roberts: Those of you who know me, also know my story. However, I’ll give you a brief on the last couple of months and how I handled each situation. When I got back from Italy after the lockout year, I was a unrestricted free agent. Teams were afraid to sign me. Not because I lacked skill, but because I developed a reputation for having a bad attitude. Early in my career I was very immature. I handled a lot of situations the wrong way. I simply didn’t know how to be a professional, but it was never in a harmful way. I was just young. I owned it though. I took responsibility for my past. Because of that, I matured. I could’ve pointed the finger and used excuses as a crutch, but I didn’t. I knew I was an NBA player. I knew I belonged, but I also knew my road back was going to be rocky. Humble Flashy

Chris Douglas-Roberts: Everyday I played well and practiced well. Kobe continued to mentor me along the way. The Laker fans embraced me. I just knew I was in. Then I got a call from Leon (my agent) saying they were going to let me go. They told me I played great. The numbers on the business side just wouldn’t work. It was one of the worst phone calls I’ve ever gotten, but I was at peace because I knew I played my ass off. I brought it every day. My motto is “control what you can control” and I did that. That didn’t matter though. Once it got released that the Lakers let me go, the people thought it was due to my game. People had jokes. People wrote me off. It was embarrassing. However, I took positives away from my month with the Lakers too. I developed a relationship with Kobe Bryant. He showed me how to be a pro. He showed me real work ethic. Playing against him everyday made me so much of a better player. He understood me. Humble Flashy

Chris Douglas-Roberts: I turned down seven figures overseas to follow my heart. When your passionate about your craft, the money doesn’t matter. I humbled myself and signed with the Dallas Mavericks D-League affiliate. Instead of complaining about not being in the NBA. I made up in my mind that I was going to be the best player in the D-League. Vowed not to take a day off. I was on a mission. Humble Flashy

The expectation in the Bay Area remains, though, that Bogut will ultimately rejoin the West's surprise team in the new year and that he's not in danger of losing the entire season after the Aussie 7-footer rushed himself back from surgery to be able to play on opening night, only to remove himself from the lineup after just four games. ESPN.com

Mo Williams missed his third straight game with a severely sprained right thumb, and there's no return in sight as of yet. "It's frustrating to say the least," Williams said before Friday's game. Deseret News

On national team coach Julio Lamas' recent visit to the United States to see Argentina's NBA players, he visited with Pablo Prigioni (New York), Luis Scola (Phoenix) and Carlos Delfino (Houston). He did not meet up with Ginobili in San Antonio. "Manu will not play in 2013," Lamas said. "He told me. So I think we should leave him alone. I have to worry about those who go. "It's not that I do not follow him because I see him play (on television) all the time. "But again, I have to assemble the team of Caracas." FIBA.com

It all could depend on the key figure in the process, 11-time champion coach Phil Jackson, who would fit Prokhorov's description Friday as one of the "usual suspects" when a high-profile coaching job becomes vacant. Jackson, stunningly passed over for the Lakers' opening after Mike Brown was abruptly fired last month, is interested in exploring the opportunity in Brooklyn. The Nets are interested in sitting down with him, too, as sources told CBSSports.com Friday that Brooklyn officials plan to reach out to Jackson to gage his interest and the job. CBSSports.com

At that point, the list of candidates would be significantly longer and could include assistant coaches currently under contract with other teams. But as Prokhorov arrived in New York Friday to address the coaching situation personally, the list of significant candidates that Nets GM Billy King was expected to put on the table consisted essentially of Jackson, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan and former Clippers, Blazers, Bucks and Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy, a person familiar with the Nets' plan said. CBSSports.com

"It’s obviously the worst way to become a head coach," said Carlesimo. "It’s clearly not an ideal situation, but it’s clearly the way of the NBA, so we just have to make the best of it." Bergen Record

Sources briefed on the situation told ESPN.com this week that Johnson besieged his bosses for a contract extension before the season, convinced that he wouldn't have the hammer to coach the Nets as needed in the face of sky-high expectations if he was calling the shots with an expiring contract. The Nets declined those overtures, opting to avoid locking themselves into a coach, but they also figured that they'd be no worse than a top-five team in the East without having to make a coaching change no matter what sort of bench uncertainty lingered. ESPN.com

Johnson began this season with a blindfold and a cigarette and it was only a matter of time. Did it matter that he was the conference coach of the month in November? Apparently not. That would have been the ideal time for the Nets to announce they had locked up their coach for the next few years. They were 11-4. “Three weeks ago, they were playing as well as anybody,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said of the Nets after learning of Johnson’s firing. “The NBA is a league of ebbs and flows. That’s the way it is. You go on good streaks. You go on bad ones. I thought it was awful quick to make a change.” HoopsHype

Johnson was said to be quite surprised when the news came down on Thursday that he would no longer be the head coach. He shouldn’t have been. He didn’t just fall of the turnip truck. He’s been around long enough to know that it had to be coming the moment Prokhorov told him ‘nyet’ on a contract extension. That’s not an excuse. That’s just the way it is. Yes, there may have been locker room issues, but those things can be exacerbated when you have the situation that was going on in Brooklyn. “In this business, you got to have the power, in terms of the ability to coach – and the respect,” Johnson said. “It would help if you do have a contract that the players respect. That’s the nature of our business.” HoopsHype

The tweet was quickly removed from the feed, which is generally reserved for team updates. A spokesman said the Jazz’s marketing department operates the Twitter account, but declined to say how many people have posting privileges. In the statement the team said, "The Jazz does not comment on other NBA teams transactions and furthermore, does not condone any negative comments about players, coaches, or front office staff throughout the league. It is simply unprofessional and unacceptable." Salt Lake Tribune

As a player, though, Dudley has found that by transforming into one of the league’s most prolific tweeters, he’s opened up a lot of opportunities. “I’m all about the debates and discussions, but it’s usually to show your personality off,” Dudley said. “It helps for if you want a life after basketball, like if you want to be a commentator. I’ve been involved with ESPN doing things, so it can definitely help you. “I think you can market yourself,” he added. “It’s like having a marketing company, but you’re doing it yourself. If you’re good at it, which I think I am, you can market yourself to be bigger than you are, make yourself more well-known than what your skill level is at times.” HoopsWorld

What was the first tattoo? JR Smith: A picture of me dunking. I was 15. Me and my sister both got one. Q. Do you keep track of how many tattoos you have? JR Smith: I lost count. Q. How many did you have before you think you lost count? JR Smith: It was around 70-something. New York Times

Jamaal Wilkes spoke pregame to the media - emotional from all the recognition. Spoke Lakers... "Playing for the Lakers was just great. From top to bottom they had the leadership, the organization, from Dr. Buss to Bill Sharman, Jerry West, Pat Riley and then the players," said Wilkes. "We had a real sense of pride in our team's success. Of course we had issues going on all the time, undercurrents, but we never let it get in the way of our objective, which was to be the best in the NBA and to represent the city of LA the best that we could." Sulia

For years I've said that's sports aren't just about winning and losing. There not just about a game or an athlete. Sports have the power to inspire; they have the power to motivate. And this afternoon sports helped one family desperately in need of an uplifting moment. That moment was when we surprised 16-year old Tuloso-Midway student Chris Gelinas with a personal message from NBA Star Kobe Bryant. Chris if you didn't know, is battling a very rare form of cancer called Epitheliod Sarcoma, but no longer has any chance of beating it. Doctors have already stopped treatments and now are just trying to help make him comfortable. He's already lost his vision. KRISTV.com

This is what Kobe's message said, "Hey Chris its Kobe I am chilling right now at the practice facility as you can this is where the history is made. We have a lot of championship banners hanging here, and I wanna thank you for your support and what you continue to embody and your spirit is an inspiration for me, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Thank you so much." KRISTV.com

Chris, who was having a rough day, cracked a small smile and said, "That's cool". He of course is heavily medicated; his family meanwhile spoke up saying that this simple gesture meant the world to them. "It's so amazing that Kobe reached out to Chris we threw it out there and the community and everyone ran with it its just amazing," said Chris's sister Marlena Lopez. "It's an overwhelming feeling but it's amazing to see everybody doing this for our brother. He was a great student and athlete and an inspiration to everyone like Kobe said," added his other sister Sierra Gelinas. KRISTV.com

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