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nba rumors Knicks coach Derek Fisher is involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his former teammate Matt Barnes — and when Barnes found out over the weekend, he allegedly attacked Fisher, sources tell Page Six. Sources said Fisher was at the LA home of Gloria Govan — Barnes’ estranged wife, who stars on “Basketball Wives LA” — on Saturday. NY Post

Fisher and Govan have been dating for “a few months,” a source said, after Fisher filed to divorce his wife of 10 years, Candace, in March. NY Post

nba rumors But when Barnes learned that Fisher was at his former home with Gloria, he drove 95 miles to LA to “beat the s–t” out of Fisher, sources said. NY Post

A source close to Fisher confirmed the fight but said, “Matt came after Derek but he only had a few scratches … Derek’s not going to press charges, he’s going to let it go.” NY Post

Fisher missed Monday’s practice for what the team classified as “personal reasons,’’ but he had flown to L.A. on Saturday afternoon to see his kids and new girlfriend, Barnes’ estranged wife, Gloria Govan. The Post reported Barnes attacked Fisher in the backyard of Govan’s home Saturday night. NY Post

The Knicks insist Fisher missed practice because he had equipment trouble on his flight Sunday night. Associate coach Kurt Rambis ran Monday’s practice. NY Post

Fisher’s turbulent personal life came to light last spring when he filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years, Candace. On Saturday, with just one day off between practices, Fisher flew to L.A. to see his kids and his girlfriend. NY Post

“It kind of caught everybody off guard,’’ Carmelo Anthony said of Fisher’s talk. “Nobody really knew what was going on. As a team, it was amongst us to let him deal with his own personal issues. Nowadays it’s a fine line between private lives and our day job. It’s starting to intertwine. You try to compartmentalize the personal stuff.’’ NY Post

nba rumors Cleveland played without Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) and Tristan Thompson is not playing while negotiating a new contract. Atlanta was missing Thabo Sefolosha, who broke his leg while being arrested by New York City police in April. Sefolosha is on trial in New York for his involvement in a fight outside a nightclub. He is expected to be ready for the season opener. AP

MSG: The 201-game Garden sellout streak dating to 2010 is over. The club announced a crowd of 19,037 — below the sellout number of 19,812 — for Tuesday’s preseason opener against Brazilian team Bauru. The sellout streak had included preseason, regular-season and playoff games. The Knicks still will promote their regular-season/playoff streak that stands at 97. NY Post

nba rumors The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has signed free agent forward/center Alex Stepheson. The contract is likely non-guaranteed and just for preseason. Stepheson (6-10, 270) has played professionally in Greece, Slovenia and Turkey since finishing his collegiate career at the University of Southern California. InsideHoops

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team has waived center Michael Holyfield. Holyfield (6-11, 270) signed with Memphis as a free agent on Sept. 28 and played eight minutes in the Grizzlies’ preseason opener last night against the Houston Rockets. InsideHoops

nba rumors The Mavericks again were smoked in the rebounding department for the second game in a row. They got beat on the boards 52-42 by Denver on Tuesday and they were crushed 63-39 by the Rockets. And that was with Dwight Howard not playing a second. "We got to do a better job on the boards, no doubt about it," Carlisle said. Dallas Morning News

The 102-98 victory over Sacramento will soon be forgotten but Jon Leuer left a lasting impression with a replay-worthy slam over All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and a performance that could help earn him playing time. Leuer posted 17 points and 13 rebounds but it was his poster dunk on Cousins that will linger in memories. Leuer already was playing well with seven quick points after entering the game midway through the second quarter before Archie Goodwin stripped Omri Casspi to set up Leuer on the wing in a three-on-one fastbreak. Arizona Republic

John Jenkins signed a one-year, $981,348 contract with the Mavs on July 24. After three uneventful seasons with the Atlanta Hawks — stacked around three stints in the National Basketball Development League — Jenkins believes he has finally landed in a spot he can call home. “Just for me, getting game reps is very important,’’ Jenkins said after Wednesday’s 109-82 preseason loss to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Fort Worth Star-Telegram Blog

Kings: Kosta Koufos, who started Monday at Portland, was given the night off to rest. Willie Cauley-Stein started for Koufos. Cauley-Stein – who had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 27 minutes – and Ben McLemore were the only starters to play in the fourth quarter. Sacramento Bee

nba rumors The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin. He was signed to the training camp roster on September 28 and played for the Texas Legends of the NBA’s Developmental League last season. InsideHoops

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on forward Jon Horford and guard Charlie Westbrook, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Horford saw six minutes of action in last night’s preseason game at Chicago, while Westbrook posted four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in nine minutes. Both were signed by the Bucks as free agents on Sept. 18. InsideHoops


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