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Knicks have first practice under Fisher

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) A few days at the U.S. Military Academy can change the Knicks only so much. Notorious night owl J.R. Smith isn't going to start waking up at dawn like a cadet.

"I don't know if that would work with my schedule," Smith said. "That's a different lifestyle."

But it will help Derek Fisher build the kind of team he wants in New York.


Hornets keep Taylor away amid NBA probe

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets are moving forward for now without Jeffery Taylor, the latest in a growing list of professional athletes arrested on domestic violence charges.

General manager Rich Cho said the Hornets will await the outcome of an NBA-led investigation before deciding whether to reinstate Taylor. He offered no timetable for Taylor's return to the team.


Suns sign Morris twins to 4-year deals

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have signed twin forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris to four-year contract extensions after both had career years in 2013-14.

Markieff signed for $32 million and Marcus' deal was for $20 million, a team official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms were not released.


Celtics sign ex-Pacers swingman Turner

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have signed swingman Evan Turner.

The second pick in the 2010 draft averaged 17.4 points for Philadelphia in 54 games last season before being traded to Indiana on Feb. 20. He started two of his 27 games with the Pacers, averaging 7.1 points.


Rondo wants to be Celtic beyond season

BOSTON (AP) Rajon Rondo wore a black sling on his left arm to help protect the surgically repaired bone in his hand.

His relationship with the Boston Celtics appears healthy.


Clips return focus to team post-Sterling

LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers loves nothing more than talking basketball. And with the scandal involving former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling beginning to fade into the background, Rivers welcomes returning the focus squarely to the team and its performance.

"We're going to talk about basketball and that's very nice," he said Monday. "Last season during the playoffs there were very few questions about basketball."


James undecided on 2016 Olympics

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James doesn't know whether he'll take another shot at Olympic gold.

James said Monday he has not yet decided whether he'll play for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, where could win a third straight gold medal.


Lakers optimistic about season, Bryant

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects.

"I'm trying to see if I can prove to myself that I can be myself," Bryant said.


Pistons C Gray out after cardiac episode

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Greg Monroe had a clear message for Detroit Pistons fans Monday.

"This doesn't mean I'm leaving," Monroe said at the team's media day.


Clips tab Cassell, Frank, Woodson assts.

LOS ANGELES (AP) Doc Rivers is adding three new assistant coaches to his Los Angeles Clippers staff for the upcoming season.

Former NBA veteran Sam Cassell, Lawrence Frank and Mike Woodson will join Rivers on the bench. They round out a staff that includes current assistants Armond Hill and Brendan O'Connor, as well as assistant player skills coaches JP Clark and Dave Severns.

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