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The Lakers are expected to reach out to Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie to gauge interest in their vacant head-coaching position, a pitch he plans to entertain with some uncertainty after guiding the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship. “He’ll listen, but he’s real committed to his alma mater,” said a person familiar with Ollie’s thinking. Los Angeles Daily News

John Calipari has been linked to the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Lakers following the departure of Mike D'Antoni. Calipari has another stacked incoming freshman class, as well as several key returners. "Before it starts, I'm totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams," said Calipari. "I wouldn't & couldn't leave this group!" RealGM

Chris Duhon is slated to be the latest in a long line of former Duke players under Mike Krzyzewski to pursue a college coaching career, as he is expected to be named an assistant under new Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni on Friday. “You got to just start thinking as a coach,” Duhon told WSAZ’s Rich Donnelly when asked about his transition from being a player (Duhon was most recently a member of the Los Angeles Lakers last spring). “You can’t expect guys to do it the way that, you know, you did it as a player. You have to adjust to them in ways, try to teach them the right way to do it and adjust to the way they play and their playing style.” Lost Lettermen

To that end, sources say, Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game -- UConn's Kevin Ollie and Kentucky's John Calipari -- to at least gauge their interest in the job. The Lakers' immediate aims, sources say, are to focus on the draft and free agency and "hold back (on the coaching front) until they get a better sense of the marketplace." ESPN.com

The team is not expected to pursue Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski this time, after unsuccessfully trying to lobby Krzyzewski to leave Durham in the past, but sources say that L.A. is "intrigued" by both Ollie and Calipari. ESPN.com

April 30, 2014 Updates

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said he'll remain with the Spartans next season despite rumors that he is a candidate for NBA openings in Minnesota and Detroit. "First of all, I'm going to be at Michigan State,'' Izzo said Wednesday on ESPNU's College Basketball podcast. "I still listen to things every day in our town about Nick Saban saying I'm not going to be the Alabama coach [when Saban was coach of the Miami Dolphins]. Nobody knows where any of us are going to be. You have to look at your track record and, over all these years, is this what he's done?" ESPN.com

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave Sterling a lifetime ban Tuesday, and fined the Clippers owner $2.5 million. Silver said he hopes that NBA owners will vote to force Sterling to sell the team. After Silver’s press conference, UCLA released a statement regarding Sterling’s gift. Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology. For The Win

April 29, 2014 Updates

Mr. Sterling’s divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA’s core values as a public university that fosters diversity, inclusion and respect. For those reasons, UCLA has decided to return Mr. Sterling’s initial payment of $425,000 and reject the remainder of a $3 million pledge he recently made to support basic kidney research by the UCLA Division of Nephrology. UCLA has received numerous inquiries about an advertisement in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times falsely suggesting that it was UCLA publicly thanking him for the gift. The ad was placed by Mr. Sterling, not the university. UCLA

April 28, 2014 Updates

Chane Behanan, who was dismissed from Louisville in December, will enter the NBA draft, he confirmed via text message to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman. Behanan's decision was earlier reported by The Coloradoan. "I love the game and I want to compete with the best," he told ESPN. "I also want to show the NBA and the people that Chane Behanan wasn't raised like everybody talks about. My family was devastated about my decision-making in the past, and believe me I've heard it from them still [until] this day. But I am human. It's behind us and it's nothing but moving forward from here on out." ESPN.com

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