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NBA roundup: Warriors oust Jackson

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The Golden State Warriors made a move that was widely speculated for the past few days when the team dismissed coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday after three seasons.

The 49-year-old Jackson led the Warriors to a 51-31 record during the regular season, but Golden State was ousted in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. In three seasons with the Warriors, Jackson compiled a 121-109 record and the team reached the playoffs the past two seasons. He became only the third coach in franchise history to lead the Warriors to 50-win seasons, joining Don Nelson and Al Attles.

Jackson was dogged by reports of conflict in the front office and disagreements with management. reported that Jackson could be a top candidate for vacancies with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, depending on whether Steve Kerr and George Karl are interested in the openings. Jackson also could return to his job as an analyst with TNT.

---In the fallout from the Donald Sterling ban, Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser is taking an indefinite leave of absence.

The move is effective immediately, the NBA announced Tuesday. But there was no word on who Roeser's replacement might be. The league had announced Saturday that it would appoint a chief executive officer to supervise the team's day-to-day operations.

"This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances," NBA executive vice president for communications Mike Bass said.

---Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the winner of the Maurice Podoloff Trophy as the NBA Most Valuable Player.

It is the first MVP award for Durant, who captured his fourth scoring title in five seasons by averaging a career-best 32 points per game, joining Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin and Michael Jordan as the only players to top the NBA in scoring four years out of five.

Durant received all but six first-place MVP votes on 125 tabulated ballots. Miami Heat forward LeBron James finished second to Durant. He received six first-place votes, 118 second-place votes and one third-place vote.

---After an NBA Rookie of the Year season, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams had surgery on Tuesday to repair the labrum of his right shoulder.

The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team did not specific a timetable for Carter-Williams' rehab or his return to the court.

Carter-Williams was the bright spot during an otherwise dismal year for the 76ers. In his first season after being drafted in the first round out of Syracuse, he averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 70 games In joining Allen Iverson as the only players in Sixers history to win the Rookie of the Year Award, Carter-Williams was the first rookie to lead fellow first-year players in scoring, rebounding and assists since 1951.

---UConn's Kevin Ollie, North Carolina's Roy Williams and Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau are on the radar of the Los Angeles Lakers, who are in the process of finding a new head coach for the third time in three years.

After the worst season since the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis in 1961, Mike D'Antoni resigned. The Lakers finished the 2013-14 season 27-55, the worst 82-game record in team history.

George Karl, who was NBA Coach of the Year in 2012-13 but did not coach last season, is mentioned as another possible candidate.

---Dirk Nowitzki wants to return to the Dallas Mavericks and will be satisfied with well shy of the $48 million, two-year deal that Kobe Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nowitzki made $22.725 million in 2013-14 and a cap hold of $23.8 million for the Mavericks to retain his Bird Rights.

Nowitzki said his focus is being on a better team, not getting a greater bankroll. He would likely be willing to re-sign for $10 million to $12 million per season, more in line with the team-friendly deal Tim Duncan signed to stay with the San Antonio Spurs.

---Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he needed a pain-killing injection prior to Game 7 of the first-round playoff series with the Toronto Raptors.

Williams' chronic ankle issues returned during the series, which the Nets won in a dramatic seventh game, and he had a pain-killing injection and anti-inflammatory shot after Game 6.

Williams declared himself healthy for the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat, which began Tuesday.

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