The Phoenix Mercury fired Corey Gaines, the team’s coach and general manager, after a five-year run that included a W.N.B.A. title but a disappointing 2013 season.
J. R. Smith, who had surgery days after signing a three-year, $17.95 million contract, remains unsure whether he will be ready for the Knicks’ season opener.
If you think Paul Pierce had no use for the Knicks when he played in Boston, just wait till he puts on his Brooklyn Nets uniform.
J.R. Smith seemed pleased with his progress since his knee surgery and eager to get back on the court, especially after Brooklyn’s offseason push to win the battle for New York.