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April 15, 2014 Updates
April 14, 2014 Updates

The evaluation process will also include D’Antoni, who has another season at $4 million owed to him and a team option for another beyond that. While there is widespread sentiment in the organization that D’Antoni never really got a fair shake, it might not matter. ESPN.com

The team is unlikely to make a decision on D’Antoni immediately after the season, sources indicate. While there have been conflicting reports on which way the team might be leaning on that decision, the truth is there’s a lot of information from around the league they need to consider before doing so, and there’s not a huge rush. ESPN.com

D’Antoni still has his supporters in the Lakers organization, and quite frankly, he himself has to decide if he wants to return for another season with the limitations he has had since coming to L.A. last November. Namely, the inability he has had to truly install the offensive concepts that earned him guru status back in his glory days in Phoenix. Last season, Dwight Howard and the Lakers' aged roster were the main reasons for that. This season, there was a noticeable friction between the way D’Antoni wanted the team to play and the way Bryant and Gasol were most comfortable playing. And then of course came the rash of injuries that left the Lakers scrambling just to find enough bodies to scrimmage in practice on most days. ESPN.com

Knicks coach Mike Woodson on Sunday shouldered blame for his team's lack of achievement this season, apologizing to the club's fan base ahead of the team's game against Chicago. "We didn't get it done, and at the end of the day as the coach, I just have to apologize to the fans," the 56-year-old said a day after the Knicks had been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Wall Street Journal

April 13, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: “I back Frank (Vogel) 100 percent.” - Larry Bird to @DaveFurst. Said there were some things he went to him about early in the yr to clean up Twitter @ScottAgness

“Rick didn’t win the ’ship (championship),” continued Christie, “and as badly as I feel for the Sacramento fans, I wanted to win it for him, too. He was my favorite coach. He identifies what a player can do and brings out the best in him. I definitely don’t think he gets enough respect as an elite coach.” His bio in the NBA record book reads in part like a Hall of Fame legal brief. In his 22 full seasons as a head coach, Adelman twice took the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA Finals, endured losing seasons only four times, led the Kings to the playoffsin each of his eight seasons in Sacramento, and ranks as one of only eight coaches to win 1,000 or more games. He also is highly regarded for his innovative “corners” series, an offensive set that requires a big man who can pass out of the high post and players who can read and react. Sacramento Bee

“When you think of Rick Adelman, you think of ‘corners,’ ” Kings coach Michael Malone said the other day. “Honestly, it’s something we’ve talked about implementing next year because of DeMarcus’ (Cousins) ability to pass and face up.” But back to being fragile. For all Adelman’s success, his career to some extent has been decimated by player injuries. Webber’s knee in Sacramento. Tracy McGrady’s knee and Yao Ming’s feet in Houston. Ricky Rubio’s knee and assorted ailments suffered by Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota; the T-wolves will have missed the postseason in each of Adelman’s three seasons coaching the team. Sacramento Bee

Former NBA coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the head coach opening at California, a person with knowledge of the process said. Musselman met with athletic director Sandy Barbour about replacing Mike Montgomery, who announced his retirement last month. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the school hasn't released details of its search since Montgomery's announcement on March 31. Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State, with the goal of landing a head coaching job in college. He has a proven track record of developing young players. SI.com

April 12, 2014 Updates

The ex-Knicks coach has turned into a polarizing figure during what has been the Lakers' worst season since arriving in Los Angeles in 1960. So it would be extremely difficult for the Lakers to bring him back. They also are looking to change their style to one that better fits Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, whom they plan on re-signing this summer when he becomes free. One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers' executive offices for a "peaceful, mutual parting" with D'Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There's another season beyond that, but it is at the team's option. "They don't want to fire Mike," the source said. New York Daily News

The Timberwolves have targeted their former assistant GM, Fred Hoiberg, to succeed the outgoing Rick Adelman as their head coach. That's an inspired choice, but Hoiberg, who coaches Iowa State, is said to be reluctant to take the job, knowing that Kevin Love is probably going to leave via free agency after next season. New York Daily News

April 11, 2014 Updates

Tom Lorenzo: Kareem said he doesn't have any coaching aspirations. Said he did enjoy working one on one with Joakim Noah but isn't looking to be an HC. Twitter @TomLorenzo

Fred Hoiberg is getting a raise. The Iowa State men’s basketball coach agreed to new terms with the school this week that will raise his annual compensation through the life of his contract to $2.6 million, the school announced Friday. “I’d love to end my career here,” Hoiberg said in a phone interview with the Ames Tribune. “I’ve got something special in Ames. My kids get to see their grandparents every day if they want to and that’s stuff you can’t replace. To look up in the crowd (during games) and there’s my parents, my in-laws, my brother, my sister-in-law, my other brother drives over from Omaha a lot, just to have that family support, you can’t replace that. “I’m very happy here. My kids love it. I’d love to spend the rest of my career here.” Ames Tribune

Darren Wolfson: Likely. Hard to handicap. Don't see it taking all 2 weeks though. RT @twolvesfan @DarrenWolfson Expect Adelman out by this time next week? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

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