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ESPN Source: Knicks-Phil Jackson Deal is ‘Pretty Much Done’

HuffPostLivePhilJacksonA few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.

From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:

Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

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ESPN Doesn’t Confirm Report That Bill Simmons Will Join NBA Studio Show

In the latest sign that Bill Simmons is the most powerful man at ESPN, the columnist and man behind Grantland will reportedly join ESPN’s NBA studio show this season.

Simmons and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy would replace Chris Broussard and Jon Barry, according to Sports By Brooks.

However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA.

“We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill,  same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.”

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ESPN’s NBA Countdown Show Moving to LA

Magic Johnson‘s commute during the NBA season just got a whole lot easier.

ESPN’s Kia NBA Countdown show is moving to the network’s Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. LIVE. In previous years, the show originated from New York City and ESPN’s headquarters in lovely Bristol, Conn.

Joining Johnson this season are Michael Wilbon, Jon Barry and newcomer Chris Broussard. Gone from the mix are Stuart Scott and Hannah Storm, as the show won’t have a traditional host, according to the USA Today.

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The NBA Lockout: Where ‘Straordinario’ Might Still Happen

With each passing day, local media coverage of Kobe Bryant‘s possible Italian sojourn during the current NBA lockout gets more hilarious. It’s one of the few bits of comic relief in an otherwise very serious situation.

Via LakersNation.com, we learn from Virtus Bologna communications manager Vicenzo Di Schiavia that “negotiations with Mr. Kobe Bryant have been very difficult. We will not make any comment for now.”

Over at ESPN.com, columnist Chris Broussard opines that if the Black Mamba can get the Italian team with the very tuneful homepage to fork over in the neighborhood of $2 million for a single game, “more power to him.” No kidding; transposed to a full NBA regular season schedule, that’s the equivalent of a $164 million annual salary.

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