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Derrick Rose -- 19 games into his tenure as a Knick -- is enjoying the Big Apple and hopes to play the rest of his career with the team. The point guard is currently playing under a one-year deal. Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose is fewer than 20 games into his tenure with the New York Knicks, but he already envisions a long-term future with the club.

Rose, a free agent this summer, said in a recent interview, "Of course I want to play the rest of my life [in New York]."

Rose expressed that sentiment when discussing his overall experience with the Knicks in an interview Thursday with Slam magazine.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said marijuana is a better alternative to what players are being handed for pain today. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on a CSN Bay Area podcast published Friday that he smoked marijuana for back pain he experienced the past two years.

"I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried [marijuana] twice during the last year and a half when I've been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I've been dealing with," Kerr told host Monte Poole.

"A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if I would -- maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it, and it didn't help at all. But it was worth it, because I'm searching for answers on pain. But I've tried painkillers and drugs of other kinds, as well, and those have been worse. It's tricky."

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Sources: Nets sign Donatas Motiejunas to 4-year, $37M offer sheet (December 03, 2016)
Marc J. Spears and Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]

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The Brooklyn Nets have signed restricted free-agent forward Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year offer sheet worth $37 million, according to league sources.

The Houston Rockets have three days to match the offer ‎or else Motiejunas can join the Nets.

‎The Nets have been discussing the move internally for some time and, according to a report on Thursday from ESPN.com's Marc Stein, are "comfortable" with where the Lithuanian big man is medically, after back issues scuttled the Rockets' trade of ‎Motiejunas to the Detroit Pistons in February.

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Dwyane Wade on LeBron James wearing Cubs gear: 'He looks great' (December 03, 2016)
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LeBron James kept his word. The Cavaliers star arrived to the United Center in a custom-made Chicago Cubs uniform as payment for a World Series bet made with former teammate Dwyane Wade. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO -- Cubs fans had to wait 108 years to see their team win a World Series and another month to see one of the most famous athletes in the world pay off a bet by wearing the uniform of their team because the Cleveland Indians were the lovable losers this time around.

LeBron James arrived to the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Chicago Bulls in a full Cubs uniform, as promised, to settle a wager with his former teammate Dwyane Wade. From the blue Cubs cap with a red "C" atop his head to the white pinstriped jersey and baseball pants and all the way down to blue stirrups on his feet, James fulfilled his obligation after the Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in Game 7 one month ago to the day.

"Doesn't he look good, everybody?" Wade said, as he was flanked by more than 50 media members who parked themselves at the United Center loading dock for hours to await James to get there on the Cavs' team bus. "Look at him, he looks great."

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Well-rested Castro leads TNT in first game back (December 03, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

TNT KaTropa’s Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGES

If there’s one thing his hiatus did well for Jayson Castro, it definitely made him miss playing on the hard court.

Making his season debut on Friday for TNT, the Kapampangan spitfire truly showed what his team had missed the past two games.

Castro didn’t waste time in reminding everyone what he’s capable off, firing 20 points and collecting five rebounds and five assists in the KaTropa’s 99-92 victory over the Blackwater Elite.

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Belo still not used to facing former coach Nash Racela (December 03, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Mac Belo squeezes by Larry Fonacier and Harvey Carey.

Together for almost five years, Mac Belo admits it was a weird feeling seeing coach Nash Racela on the other side when Blackwater played TNT on Friday.

“I’m used to having him always on my side,” the prized rookie said as his partnership with Racela dates back from their days in Far Eastern University, Phoenix in the PBA D-League, and even in the international stage as a part of the Gilas cadets. “He coached me for so long so he knows my game and my tendencies.”

Belo also admitted that there were times where he would look at Racela to get instructions before stopping himself midway and realizing that they’re already on different teams.

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 Stanley Pringle led all scorers with 24 points, lifting GlobalPort past Star 91-84. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Stanley Pringle scored 24 points on an efficient shooting night as GlobalPort staved off a second-half rally by Star to win 91-84 in the Philippine Basketball Association at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Pringle shot 10 of 15 from the field for the Batang Pier, who built a 21-point lead in the first quarter only to see it dwindle to single digits after the break.

The win enabled GlobalPort (2-0) to share the top of the standings with Rain or Shine.

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International Basketball

NEW YORK (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) - Lithuania forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas has had plenty of time to digest what went wrong with his national team’s Rio Olympic campaign and in his opinion, the Baltic side simply peaked too soon.

The European juggernauts started with a win over Brazil and followed that with victories over Nigeria and Argentina, but a 109-59 defeat to Spain set them on the road to ruin.

They next lost badly to Croatia, 90-81, before capitulating against Australia, 90-64.

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 Jayson Castro missed Talk N Text's first two games but performed brilliantly in his return on Friday. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Moala Tautaa scored 20 points and Jayson Castro made his season debut finishing with the same output as Talk N Text dealt Blackwater its first loss of the season, 99-92, in the Philippine Basketball Association at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

Castro was out for the first two games as part of an extended time off, but he didn't miss a beat in his return helping Talk N Text win its second game in three starts.

Talk N Text needed to overcome a slow start against Blackwater though.

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 Barangay Ginebra's Kevin Ferrer | PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Ferrer pocketed a rookie contract that puts a target behind his back.

But in his debut against TNT, he was far from the lethal version of himself.

Playing for roughly 12 minutes, the Barangay Ginebra rookie understands his predicament: The team that picked him is the latest champions, he is surrounded by grizzled veterans, and most importantly, he has to earn his minutes.

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