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After firing Derek Fisher, could Knicks hire ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau?

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After firing Derek Fisher, could Knicks hire ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau?

Add Derek Fisher to the list of head coaches fired mid-season in 2015-16.

The New York Knicks announced Monday that the team has relieved Fisher of his head coaching duties. Kurt Rambis has been named interim head coach.

Fisher, 41, signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Knicks in June 2014. Fisher's relationship with Phil Jackson, president of the Knicks, played a huge part in the hiring. His coaching record was 40-96.

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The search for a new head coach begins for Jackson & Co., whose Knicks are 23-31 this season.

Could former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau be a candidate?

Thibodeau coached the Knicks as an assistant from 1996-2004.

According to ESPN's Ian O'Connor, Thibodeau would be all for the head coaching position if he got the call.

As a head coach, Thibodeau spent five seasons with the Bulls. He won 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year and had a record of 255-139 during his Bulls tenure, including a trip to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

Thibodeau and the Bulls parted ways at the end of the 2014-15 NBA season.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

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NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.

NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder. 

If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.

With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.

You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.