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April 8, 2014 Updates

When Rex Chapman heads to Twitter, the former University of Kentucky star says he feels as if he's just talking to friends. "I'm not a journalist — never pretend to be," Chapman said Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. "I interact with people. I'm not going to refrain from giving information I hear just because it might upset some people." The Kentucky native with deep ties to the NBA as a player and executive didn't back down from his comments made Monday night on the social media network — that "word is," it's a done deal UK coach John Calipari is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Where did that word come from? "Two things from two very good sources — one was that, win or lose, he's going to the Lakers," Chapman said. "And then at halftime, was told that we're talking to the Lakers and of course he has to listen. You know, hey, I don't make this stuff up. You know me better than that." Louisville Courier-Journal

Gores fired Dumars’ hand-picked coach, Maurice Cheeks, after just 50 games, making it one of the top-five quickest firings in the last 20 years. After Dumars tried to save Cheeks’ job, according to an NBA source. It became clear the two sides, bound together by circumstance, were headed for divorce. Detroit News

The Lakers refuted a tweet Monday by one of Kentucky's most successful alums that it was a “done deal” that Coach John Calipari was in line to replace Mike D'Antoni. “I spoke to Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said of a tweet from former Kentucky and NBA guard Rex Chapman. “Mike D'Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversation about any specific names for any replacement.” Orange County Register

Arizona State associate head coach Eric Musselman is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities. A former NBA head coach, Musselman spent the past two seasons on Herb Sendek's staff to learn the college game. Musselman wants to become a head coach again and has been mentioned as a candidate for a few jobs in recent weeks. The Wichita Eagle

Michael Curry has led a team into the NBA playoffs, served as president of the National Basketball Players Association and spent 11 years playing in the league. And now, Florida Atlantic has lured him back to college. Curry was introduced Monday night in Boca Raton, Fla., as the Owls' new coach, replacing Mike Jarvis, whose six-year tenure at the school ended at the conclusion of this season. Curry most recently was an associate coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, plus was the Detroit Pistons' head coach and guided them to the playoffs in 2008-09. FAU went 10-20 this season, and Curry -- who has already broken down the Owls' play from this season -- knows a rebuilding project awaits. "We want to be a top-25 team in the country," Curry said. "We have to recruit some very good basketball players. But more importantly, we want to recruit good young men. Total package." ESPN.com

April 7, 2014 Updates

The man in the middle of the storm smiled, joked and arched his eyebrows at the thorniest questions Sunday. No, Mark Jackson wasn't about to lose his cool. Especially not now, not after two of his assistants have lost their jobs within the last few weeks, not with the NBA universe openly curious about Jackson's job security. That's his great strength -- the Warriors' self-assured coach never melts under the spotlight, and his players take their cues from him. Oakland Tribune

But this is who Jackson is, it has worked well for the Warriors so far, and he's not changing now. In fact, as the questions piled up Sunday, Jackson all but yawned. "My job will be determined on winning," Jackson said before an easy victory over Utah. "I'm fine with that ... "The talk about what these two (ex-assistants) have done, that has nothing to do with me." Oakland Tribune

But there has been grumbling about the team's occasional lack of urgency and Jackson's offensive system, which often bogs down in isolation sets with little movement. Some of that grumbling has come from people in the Warriors front office, by the way. At times, Jackson has reacted to the chatter indirectly by declaring that this franchise has a history of losing, is winning now and should act like it knows the difference. On Sunday, when I asked how he'd describe his relationship with co-owner Joe Lacob, Jackson said there are no problems between them. Oakland Tribune

It’s not hard to find the professional cynics — even when you’re not looking for them. In the NBA, skepticism is a growth industry. Brad Stevens was still en route to Orlando from his introductory press conference when, amid the glowing reports, the snide comments began. The surprise of his hiring hadn’t even worn off when people openly but quietly began wondering how long he’d actually stay with the Celtics before bolting back to a college bench, the six-year contract be damned. Sniffed one NBA lifer, “He’ll stay with Boston until the Duke job opens up.” Boston Herald

Speaking of those years to come, we put it directly to Stevens. Is he committed to fulfilling the entire six-year contract? “No question,” he said. “Yeah, no question. The way that the contract’s structured, that’s the way it is, too. Now, obviously, if they decide they want to go in a different direction, that changes everything. But responsibility and what I want to do is here and is with this organization and hopefully getting this organization to be the best it can be again.” As for the contractual structure he mentioned, Stevens said, “I don’t know exactly what I can and can’t say, but the bottom line is I’m contracted for six years, and that’s my intention — to be here for six years.” And he will be, “unless they tell me they don’t want me. Boston Herald

“I will say this: you always hesitate talking about it that way, but I don’t here,” Stevens went on. “I don’t here. The other thing I’ll say is that I’ve been blown away by — blown away by — the fans. Blown away. I mean, we’re not a winning basketball team, and they’ve supported us like no tomorrow. The games have been unbelievable. The game against Chicago was so loud. It was such a great environment. “I had been here for a game in the playoffs when you know it’s going to be good. But to be here every night, compared to some of these places we go to, not even close.” Boston Herald

April 6, 2014 Updates

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