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Danny Granger practiced today and is on track to play Saturday. Clippers will have a fully healthy roster for the first time this season.
...Klay and Andre are great defenders so as much as we can wear those guys down that would be great."
Redick: "“If Klay guards Chris, Chris is going to be in about 4,200 pick-and-rolls a game. We want Klay to be in those pick-and-rolls...
So many great salvos in this Clippers-Warriors series. Not sure how J.J. Redick's response to a cross-match question became something.
It's probably worth noting that publicly admitting you'd fire a coach to appease fans won't help attract the next coach. AK
If you’re on your lunch break and missed today’s exit interviews with Marshall, Brooks, D’Antoni, and Kupchak. We’ve got you covered.
Revealing statement by Kupchak, putting himself in shoes of a free agent, saying about Lakers: "I know you're saving money for next year..."
Paraphrasing, Kupchak said the Lakers won't make a coaching change specifically to satisfy a fan base that overwhelmingly dislikes MDA. BK
Slightly under-reported fact: The Lakers don't have their second-round draft pick (36th overall) in the June draft because of the Nash trade
Mitch Kupchak says that he could envision Kobe continuing his career beyond the 2 years remaining on his contract.
Potential franchise changers in this coming NBA Draft? Kupchak: "Yes … I think there are several that could be really, really good."
Blake on Jermaine O'Neal: “I don’t have Jermaine’s number. I don’t really talk to him so I don’t know if there’s a lingering issue or not.”
Kupchak is optimistic about Kobe next season in large part because Kobe will get to be with the team from the start, won't start out behind.
Kupchak on Kobe returning healthy after so much time off: "I don't think it's a big concern." Is optimistic.
Mitch Kupchak doesn't know if Mike D'Antoni is popular or not amongst fans. What does everybody think?
Kupchak says that last year at exit interviews Nash told him he could give him "18 & 8" this season.
Likely that LAL have have at worst No. 6/7 pick, w/a chance of moving up in lottery. Kupchak said in Feb. there could be 10 elite players.
Kupchak said the draft process is "just beginning." Things will be much more clear after everyone holds work outs/interviews, etc.
“We are optimistic on Kendall Marshall going forward.“ — Kupchak. Sounds likely they’ll exercise team option
Kupchak: "We are optimistic on Kendall Marshall going forward."
LAL missed the playoffs in 05 & got back to the Finals in 08. Mitch says "I'd be happy if it took the same amount of time (to rebuild)" now
"We want the same thing... He's not the most patient person in the world. That's not going to change." Mitch on building for Kobe. BK
Mitch, on whether Pau's opinion of MDA impacts the organization's decision on whether or not to keep him? "No."
Is Pau Gasol a free-agent priority for the Lakers? Kupchak: "Absolutely...There’s probably not a player as good as Pau on the board."
Kupchak on Gasol: "Absolutely he's a priority ... He'll be pursued and he'll have options"
Kupchak remains a fan of Gasol: "If you look at the (potential) free agents, there is probably not as good a player as Pau Gasol."
"Absolutely he's a priority." Mitch on whether Gasol is a priority in free agency. Calls Pau perhaps the best FA on the board. BK
Kupchak asked about D'Antoni's comments about how the game has changed: "He's 100 percent correct."
Kupchak on D'Antoni's assertion that basketball has changed: "I don't think there's any doubt it's changed. He's 100 percent correct"
LAL could use some of that space, but keep its flexibility until the player they really want for the future is available/attainable.
Kupchak on being "wise" about long-awaited cap space: "There is a degree of patience here. ... If we can use it wisely right away, we will."
In other words, LAL aren't going to throw out a max contract offer this summer unless Kupchak thinks it's warranted.
Kupchak, as he's suggested throughout this season, maintains that it's very important not to spend LAL's cap space unwisely.
Mitch may just wanna let the matter die publicly, but if he truly isn't disappointed Kobe left before season's end, that disappoints me. AK
Mitch Kupchak on the chance of trading the Lakers 1st round pick: "I think there's a possibility"
"I think there's a possibility. Sure." Mitch, on whether they'd consider trading the pick. BK
Kupchak: We haven't had a pick this high certainly since I've been here, and that's been quite some time." (James Worthy, 1982).
Kupchak said he's not that concerned about Kobe and D'Antoni, saying he knows Kobe well enough to know "how he thinks."
Mitch on Kobe's opinion of D'Antoni: "I've been around Kobe long enough to know how he thinks and I'm really not that concerned about it"
Mitch Kupchak on Mike D'Antoni: "Mike is under contract for the next two years, if anything changes, we'll let you know"
Kupchak on D'Antoni: "Under the circumstances, I’m not sure anybody could have done a better job than than he did."
Kupchak: “Under the circumstances I’m not sure anybody could have done a better job than [D’Antoni] did.“
Kupchak on D'Antoni this season w/t injuries: "Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did."
"He's under contract for another two years. If anything changes, we'll let you know." -- Mitch, on D'Antoni. BK
In addition to some time with the family, Kobe will see his doctor in Germany, said Kupchak.
"All things considered, to me it's not that big of a deal." Mitch on Kobe's European Vacation. BK
Kupchak just isn't worried about it: "Kobe's had a tough 2 years. He's had to live through this season, his 18th in the NBA."
Kupchak on Kobe: "I did not know he was leaving town. I think it's a bigger story to everybody here than it is to us."
Neither D’Antoni or Kupchak knew Kobe was leaving town.
On Kobe heading to France: "I did not know he was leaving town... I think it's a bigger story (to media) than it is to us." BK
Kupchak said D'Antoni will go away on holiday for a couple days. Mitch will meet with Mike and Jim Buss "at some point in the near future."
Kupchak said no timetable for D’Antoni decision, but they will talk in the near future.
Mitch Kupchak: "At some point in the near future I will sit down with Mike and Jim Buss and review the season"
Kupchak: "At some point in the near future I'll sit down with Mike and Jim Buss and review the season, which is what we do every year."
Mitch Kupchak is at the podium.
That could’ve been Mike D’Antoni’s final exit interview as the Lakers head coach. And no, he hasn’t been fired yet.
Not sure what to make of this, but a priest handed MDA a cigarette and a menu as he was leaving. BK
While D'Antoni was on the hot seat and tried to explain himself for us reporters, Mitch Kupchak was sitting on the side, listening in.
I can't make today's exit interviews, but has anybody asked D'Antoni if this season affected his endorsement talks with Pringles? AK
Is D'Antoni optimistic he'll return to the Lakers? "Yeah. I've got one or two years left, and I'm their coach."
D'Antoni asked if he's optimistic to return: "Yeah. I've got 1 or 2 years left, depending on how you look at it. And I'm their coach."
When I asked what happened w/his relationship w/Kobe, style of play or what, D'Antoni said it is frustration w/losing and can be overcome.
UNCONFIRMED: At the end of his press conference, the floor will open and a sea monster will swallow MDA whole. BK
D'Antoni explaining what has affected his relationship with Kobe: "Losing does it. Losing grates at everybody"
D'Antoni changed his system to accommodate Gasol/Howard last year when LAL went 28-12 to finish the year before Kobe tore his Achilles.
D'Antoni on Pau Gasol: "His stats and his play showed that he can be effective in any system."
D'Antoni says that it's ultimately "not relevant" talking about Kobe's whereabouts and that the Lakers need Kobe healthy to get back on top
D'Antoni on Kobe going to France: "It's a situation that nobody knew, and he did it."
D'Antoni: "I do think that the game is changing, and some of the hard part of coaching is to be able to drag people over to the next side."
MDA, on the difficulty of holding players accountable on D: "When you only have eight guys, they kind of know they're going to play." BK
D'Antoni defended the style of hoops that rule changes like hand checking have brought on, & he feels analytics have shown to work better.
D'Antoni: "The problem is most people commenting on (basketball) played a different way."
D'Antoni is showing some fire here defending his style of play. He is a man with a clear vision, through it all.
D'Antoni on fan perception: "It's hard to explain this [system] really works when you've lost 10 in a row."
Asked D'Antoni about dvlp't of his system around the NBA: "Basketball has changed; it's not the same basketball that your father played."
D'Antoni: "Basketball has changed. It's not the same basketball that your father played."
"Basketball has changed, and it's not the same basketball as your father played." BK
When asked about the NBA changing to a more fast-paced, open style, D'Antoni says, "That's a good question, and an important question"
D'Antoni: "I'm not going to play the card, 'Woe is me.' ... I'm looking forward to the next challenge, whatever that is"
How would D'Antoni assess his relationship with Kobe? “Professional. Sometimes it butts head a bit but nothing out of the ordinary.”
D'Antoni on his "professional" relationship with Kobe: "Sometimes it does butt heads a little bit, but nothing out of the ordinary"
D'Antoni described his relationship with Kobe as "professional," saying that both want to win, and philosophies don't have to be the same.
UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports say Mitch Kupchak has a giant Vaudevillian shepherd's crook to be deployed on D'Antoni at the 9 minute mark. BK
Mike D'Antoni was asked to describe his relationship with Kobe right now: "Professional"
D'Antoni and Lakers: "In a few weeks we’ll all get on the same page, whatever that page is."
Mike D'Antoni: "Every NBA coach, especially coming off a year that no one’s happy and goes sideways, should be under scrutiny."
D'Antoni on if he'd reconsider taking the job considering how 2 seasons have gone: "Any time the Lakers call, anyone would take this job."
D'Antoni looking back on accepting this job with all that wound up ahead of him: "Any time the Lakers call, anyone would take this job."