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April 10, 2014 Updates

Phil Jackson’s been around the Knicks this week. But he hasn’t been as “hands-on” with the team as some expected him to be. “He’s letting me coach. That’s all you can ask at this point,” Mike Woodson said after practice on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, we’re trying to get this team in the playoffs and I’m sure when the time comes for Phil and I to talk we’ll talk.” ESPN.com

“I gather he’s kind of staying out of the way and letting me do my thing in terms of trying to get this team in the playoffs,” Woodson said. “That’s OK. I’m sure when the time comes he and I’ll have a chance to sit down and talk and see where we are. But first things first, guys, make no mistake about it, we’re in a playoff race trying to get this eighth spot. That’s where everybody’s focus should be.” ESPN.com

Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said. "You've got to get through it, you've got to look for small victories, you've got to look to the bright side of things, understanding that it's not pleasant for anybody to go through. Nobody's wished this on anybody." Los Angeles Times

April 9, 2014 Updates

Ryan Wolstat: Random Kevin Ollie note: Am told Raptors tried to bring him in as veteran backup PG in Casey’s first year but Ollie happy moving to coaching. Raptors brought in Anthony Carter instead and, it didn’t really work out. Twitter @WolstatSun

Because when he was asked about Mike last week, the perception was that he didn't go to bat for him publicly. That started the storyline of "Well, Mike's not coming back because it doesn't seem like Kobe wants him back." Mitch Kupchak: We won't consult with him. Our decisions going forward — we're not going to do knee-jerk stuff. We'll let the season end, and take some time. We've got a lot of injuries and surgeries to sort through. That's a lot to accomplish. We have the draft coming up? USA Today Sports

So how's Kobe going to handle that? Mitch Kupchak: He'll be fine. He's got no choice. He'll be fine. When we lose, he'll rant and rave and be upset and be hot and won't talk to anybody, but that's the way it is. You've got to take the good with the bad. USA Today Sports

ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin: Despite reports out there that the Lakers could be leaning toward retaining Mike D’Antoni, my sources tell me that is not the case. If anything, they’re leaning toward relieving him of his coaching duties at the end of the season. NBCSports.com

John Calipari says his immediate future will remain at Kentucky, not in the NBA. After Monday's night's 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the national championship game, Calipari denied a rumor that he was headed to the NBA. "No. I'm right [here] at Kentucky," Calipari told ESPN's Jeannine Edwards. "I got the best job. I've got a good group of kids. Love what I'm doing. Speculation? That's there every year I coach." ESPN.com

But as D'Antoni discussed Tuesday his disappointing lot in LakerLand life, from this injury-ravaged season that is already tied for the Lakers' worst since moving to Los Angeles to the rebutted notion that Kentucky coach John Calipari is in line to have his job, there was nothing more revealing than his decision to reach for a particular quote again. "I've said it before, and it's because, (expletive), it seems like I'm always in it," D'Antoni told USA TODAY Sports,"but it's like Winston Churchill said, 'If you're in hell, just keep your head down and keep on going.' " USA Today Sports

Byron Scott? The leading scorer for the 1987-88 championship Lakers was known to be on the short list of late owner Jerry Buss and would no doubt make some of the incensed fans happy. But Scott, who is an analyst on the Lakers' regional network, has a losing record overall (416-521 for the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers) and had his worst stint yet in three seasons with the Cavaliers. If Jerry Buss' dying wish of seeing "Showtime" 2.0 is still a priority to his children who are trying to find their way without him, then Scott's name is worth remembering. USA Today Sports

Brian Shaw? The fellow former Laker would certainly be a strong candidate but is in his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Kurt Rambis, the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach, current Lakers assistant and Jackson protégé? Who knows. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins? Perhaps. USA Today Sports

With an opt-out clause in his contract for 2014-15, the sense around Minnesota is that this could be Rick Adelman's final season with the Timberwolves, and perhaps as an NBA coach anywhere. If that's true, Tuesday might have marked the final meeting between Adelman and Popovich. With 1,041 career wins, spread between four teams over 23 seasons, Adelman, 67, is the only active coach with more than Popovich's 965. “He's been what I call a lifer,” Popovich said. “He's been in several different programs and made them all better. He's done a heck of a job where ever he's gone.” San Antonio Express-News

April 8, 2014 Updates

Vogel floated the idea to rest his players during a team meeting the day after their 26-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sources told ESPN.com. The process started Monday when he cancelled practice and then gave the starters Tuesday off. Hibbert, who did not speak to the media, watched practice in street clothes. ESPN.com

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