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September 8, 2014 Updates

You wind up playing 10 seasons with the Lakers, you win three championships. The city of Inglewood calls itself the “City of Champions” and you had a big part in that. At that point, you’re retiring or you’re not playing basketball anymore, did you think, “What else do I have to accomplish here?” Did you achieve your dreams? Byron Scott: Well I did. I was able to play in the NBA, I was able to play with my favorite team, with my favorite organization, but I think we all still look back and say, ‘Man, I got three rings, I probably should have had five.’ You know, there’s probably a couple of them that we felt we let get away. But, from the start of the whole journey to where it’s ended up, I think I was blessed to be able to achieve what I was able to achieve and play with the organization for as long as I did and win three championships. There are players who get in this league and never get to a finals, let alone win a championship. So I know I was very blessed. SCPR

There is, then, a lack of familiarity with this mixture of players that Krzyzewski wishes weren't there but certainly understands. What's more, the question of leadership and who the alpha dogs are in this group remains unanswered because, well, there aren't as many of those types as they'd expected. "Alpha dogs are Kobe Bryant, LeBron, Carmelo," Krzyzewski said. "But leaders are different, and I think with leadership you have to have experience — experience (not only) in this type of competition but also experience with me, so James and Steph have naturally done that along with Anthony because all three of them have been part of teams that I've coached and there's a familiarity there for them to know me and what we're trying to get across." USA Today Sports

"The 2001 team was probably the best," Horry said. "We went [15-1], which will never be accomplished again. You should have looked at us after we lost that first game [against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals], we were so disappointed. We were so hurt that we didn't sweep everybody in the playoffs, because that was our goal." Los Angeles Times

September 7, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe's finest coaching exports, to his LA staff. Kokoskov, of Serbia, was on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland last season and just led Georgia to qualification for next summer's EuroBasket. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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If Bledsoe elects to go the rare qualifying offer route, Phoenix would suddenly face the very real possibility of losing both of its two best assets without compensation in 2015 free agency. The Lakers, for example, are just one team league sources say would likely make a hard run at both of them, based on the premise that the Suns couldn't afford the cost of paying both at that point, theoretically making either Bledsoe or Dragic gettable. Sources say that Houston, furthermore, has Dragic on its list of potential targets next summer given how he's blossomed since leaving the Rockets for Phoenix in the free-agent summer of 2012. ESPN.com

Despite a tumultuous two-year stretch in which he has taken more visits to the trainer’s room than the basketball court, Steve Nash will remain on the Lakers’ roster. The deadline for the Lakers to use the so-called stretch provision passed over the weekend, ensuring that Nash will finish out the final year of his contract worth $9.7 million. Los Angeles Daily News

Retired seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady worked out with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant late this summer in a Southern California gymnasium, testing the preparedness of his body for a possible NBA comeback attempt. "Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels," McGrady told Yahoo Sports in an email Tuesday night. Bryant and McGrady, 35, worked out three days a week for a period of time in August, several sources, including McGrady, told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

September 2, 2014 Updates

The deadline for the Lakers to use the "stretch" provision on Steve Nash passed over the weekend. The 40-year-old point guard is heading into his third year with the team, earning $9.7 million for the 2014-15 season. Had the Lakers waived Nash prior to September, they would have been able to stretch his salary over the next three years at around $3.2 million annually. Los Angeles Times

How he stays motivated. What moves he works on during the offseason. How he keeps his confidence. And, of course, how will he play in the 2013-14 season after appearing in only six games last year because of injuries to his left Achilles and left knee. “I can say I want to be able to jump as high as I used to. I want to be as fast as I used to. But no; I don’t jump as high as I used to,” Bryant said. “That’s okay. I’m not as fast as I used to be. That’s okay, too. I’ll figure out another way to do it.” Los Angeles Daily News

New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ” Detroit Free Press

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