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In more important news, Doc Rivers said he had tasted Gregg Popovich's Rock & Hammer pinot noir. "It's really good."
When Robert Sacre writes a memoir -- Canadian best seller -- if it is not titled, "How To Skin a Beaver" I will be devastated.
Doc Rivers said he intended to mention to his players at some point that no one is picking Clippers to beat Spurs.
Small correction: The statement came from UCLA, not the Lakers. Team distributed it. BK
Lakers Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had quadruple coronary bypass surgery yesterday (his birthday). Expected to make a full recovery.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday.
Lakers announce that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery and expected to make full recovery.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery yesterday at UCLA. Expected to make full recovery.
NBA Lottery is on May 19 and Lakers have an 82.8 percent chance of keeping their top-five protected pick to go along with 27th and 34th.
UCLA announces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent a quadruple bypass Thursday, his 68th birthday. He is expected to make a full recovery.
The Clippers offseason rebranding, I'm told, will not include a name change.
I'm hearing the Clippers are exploring changing their logo, colors and uniforms and could introduce changes as early as this summer.
Getzlaf scores to make it 4-2 -- the Ducks second PPG
Just what writers dont want at 10:03 -- more time on the clock
Goal is good after review. Ducks lead, 3-2.
Refs reviewing Perry's obvious goal that initially was disallowed. Replays show it as a score
Perry scores on power play to tie the game, 2-2
Teemu and George Parros on the video screen and the crowd goes nuts (as expected).
Jets take 2-1 lead on Stafford's goal on the short side.
End of first period and Ducks and Jets still tied at 1. Shots on goal also tied -- at nine
Whew. Ducks score less than two minutes into the game. Jets tie it 49 seconds later.
Ducks and Jets take the ice for warm ups. http://t.co/YtJPEaXqi6
My first NHL postseason... http://t.co/TuppUlsPl2
Doc Rivers on Gregg Popovich: "I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop. Players want to be like Mike we want to be like Pop."
Jamal Crawford on Spurs' ability to win without homecourt advantage: "They can play anywhere. You can take them to Mars."
Finally watched Britt McHenry video. Classic example of how not to handle success.
Charles Barkley: “When the Clippers lose, it has nothing to do with Chris Paul... He’s the best leader in the NBA."
DeAndre Jordan on playing the Spurs: "I'd rather go through them now while we're fresh."
DeAndre Jordan on Charles Barkley saying he has a limited offensive arsenal: "How many rings does Charles Barkley have?"
DeAndre Jordan on playing Spurs in the playoffs three years ago: "The first one we got our ass kicked. We got swept."
Doc Rivers: "I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop. Players want to be like Mike, we want to be like Pop."
One more note: Kupchak said he believes Julius Randle lost 18 pounds since December. Could be big for quickness, first step.
Doc Rivers compared me to a 2-year-old tattletale because I asked for a response to Charles Barkley's comments. Haha.
And …. that concludes 2014-15 exit interviews.
DeAndre Jordan on Charles Barkley's criticism of his offense: "How many rings does Charles Barkley have?"
Kupchak said the Lakers will not jeopardize having Julius Randle fully healthy by October for Summer League, but it's a realistic goal.
... Mitch: Given opportunity to make = offers, LA has advantage. Q is whether that advantage is larger than bigger $ others can offer. BK
Mitch Kupchak thinks that Summer League is a realistic expectation for Julius Randle, but says "the real goal is October."
Kupchak: "We're very impressed with (Randle's) maturity. He's clearly eager to get back on the court." Said he was a real student this year.
Mitch: "I think the biggest advantage we have (selling FA's) is the city of Los Angeles and our fans." ... BK
Kupchak: "I think the biggest advantage we have is the city of Los Angeles and our fans. Our legacy is (a consideration)."
Mitch Kupchak on possibly the biggest advantage the Lakers have: "city of Los Angeles & our fans."
In free agency, Kupchak said, "I think the biggest advantage we have is the city of Los Angeles and our fans.”
Kupchak: “Makeup of the team right now is just not clear enough for us to drop Kobe in and say, ‘This is what we expect. Can you do it?’ ”
MK: "The make-up of the team right now is not clear enough to draw Kobe in and say ‘This is what we’re going to expect. Can you do it?’ "
Kupchak said having space in 2015-16 could be a "strategic advantage" given how much the cap will increase in 2016-17.
Kupchak isn't so sure what to expect from Kobe next season. "I don't know." (1/2)
Did Kupchak have any regrets last two years? "I do wish that we would have been able to keep Pau Gasol. He's still playing at a high level."
Kupchak on TV $: "It's pretty crazy. We spend a lot of time looking at spreadsheets and the new CBA to figure out what players will do."
Kupchak: "I thought Ed had a great year. We had several guys that came here on 1 yr deals that really played basketball the right way"
Any good movies out?
Kupchak also says he assumes Ed Davis will opt out of his player option, though he said it wasn't specifically discussed in their meeting
Mitch Kupchak honestly on what he expects from Kobe next season: "I don't know."
Kupchak: "It's not to say the only player we'll spend our money on this summer is a max player," but LAL want top talent.
Kupchak was impressed with Ed Davis, whom he expects to opt out of his player option for 2015-16: "We'd love to have Ed Davis on our team."
Mitch Kupchak: "We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team."
Mitch on Ed Davis: "He clearly helped himself by coming here this year. ... We'd love to have Ed Davis on our team."
2/2: Kupchak's focus, as always in building a team, is to use 1) the Draft; 2) Free agency; 3) Trades. All works together.
1/2: Kupchak on using/not using cap space: "We don't want to use our cap room to win 40 games, which doesn't get you into the playoffs."