For everyone who sits at home at watches, let’s say the Knicks, and thinks they could do a better job coaching the team than whatever clown they’ve got, here’s the good news. You may someday have a chance. Because it seems one of the historic barriers to getting the job, years of coaching experience, is no longer important. In fact, you don’t need to have coached a single basketball game in your life. Just ask Derek Fisher, the newly crowned coach of the Knicks. He’s never coached before, and now he’s got perhaps the biggest job in the sport. Same goes for Steve Kerr, who left the broadcast booth for his first coaching gig, head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Gone are the padded resumes and decades of apprenticeships. Gone are the so-called recycled candidates, coaches who’ve already led two or three other NBA teams. Here are the days of new faces and out-of-the-box thinking, which is one of the world’s most ambiguous catch phrases.
The Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Nets have struggled all season, combining for a 19-42 record heading into Thursday night's NBA schedule. Somehow they managed to earn road wins against two of the league's top teams.
The Nets pulled out a 95-93 comeback win at Oklahoma City on Joe Johnson's jumper as time expired. Deron Williams scored 18 of his season-high 29 points in the second half to help Brooklyn erase a 77-61 deficit.
Kevin Durant had 24 points for the Thunder, who dropped to 2-2 since Russell Westbrook underwent knee surgery.
In the NBA, it's now a five-game winning streak for the New York Knicks and a five-game losing skid for the Boston Celtics. J.R. Smith poured in 32 points and Carmelo Anthony added 29 as the Knicks hammered the Celtics 100-85 in Boston. The game was tied at 35 until the Knicks scored 14 straight points to take control. The Celtics committed 20 turnovers compared to eight for the Knicks.
Elsewhere, Minnesota beat Detroit 105-82 and Dallas edged ahead of the Clippers 109-102.
In the NBA, the Knicks defeated Golden state last night at Madison Square Garden 109-105. Warriors Guard Stephan Curry set an NBA season high with 54 points and fell one shy of the league mark of 12 three-pointers. J.R. Smith finished with 26 points. Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 35 points.