Pau Gasol

A great writer left us yesterday. My most sincere condolences to #Gabo family and friends.

Arash Markazi

Danny Granger practiced today and is on track to play Saturday. Clippers will have a fully healthy roster for the first time this season.

Pau Gasol

Ayer nos dejó un gran escritor. Mi más sentido pésame a la familia y amigos de #Gabo.

Arash Markazi

...Klay and Andre are great defenders so as much as we can wear those guys down that would be great."

Arash Markazi

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...

Arash Markazi

So many great salvos in this Clippers-Warriors series. Not sure how J.J. Redick's response to a cross-match question became something.

Gary Lee

Lakers are rumored to keep Kendall Marshall. Has a cheap team option that is less than $1 million next season. bit.ly/1me4TT1

Kamenetzky Brothers

It's probably worth noting that publicly admitting you'd fire a coach to appease fans won't help attract the next coach. AK

Gary Lee

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.

Gary Lee

Well, even if the Lakers do land the #1 pick this year, Mitch Kupchak acknowledged the possibility of trading it. bit.ly/1r5kd21

Kevin Ding

Before @Pau Gasol officially exits, let's understand what really happened with him, @Steve Nash and Lakers. My column: bleacherreport.com/articles/20342…

Kevin Ding

Revealing statement by Kupchak, putting himself in shoes of a free agent, saying about Lakers: "I know you're saving money for next year..."

Gary Lee

MT @SerenaWinters: Asked Kupchak if the Lakers got the #1 pick, do they know who they'd take? With a smirk: "Maybe." http://t.co/9Ku4G9eyFb

Kamenetzky Brothers

Paraphrasing, Kupchak said the Lakers won't make a coaching change specifically to satisfy a fan base that overwhelmingly dislikes MDA. BK

Mike Bresnahan

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

Dave McMenamin

Mitch Kupchak says that he could envision Kobe continuing his career beyond the 2 years remaining on his contract.

Mike Trudell

Potential franchise changers in this coming NBA Draft? Kupchak: "Yes … I think there are several that could be really, really good."

Arash Markazi

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.”

Kevin Ding

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.

Mike Trudell

Kupchak on Kobe returning healthy after so much time off: "I don't think it's a big concern." Is optimistic.

Gary Lee

Mitch Kupchak doesn't know if Mike D'Antoni is popular or not amongst fans. What does everybody think?

Dave McMenamin

Kupchak says that last year at exit interviews Nash told him he could give him "18 & 8" this season.

Mike Trudell

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.

Mike Trudell

Kupchak said the draft process is "just beginning." Things will be much more clear after everyone holds work outs/interviews, etc.

Bill Oram

“We are optimistic on Kendall Marshall going forward.“ — Kupchak. Sounds likely they’ll exercise team option

Kevin Ding

Kupchak: "We are optimistic on Kendall Marshall going forward."

Dave McMenamin

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

Kamenetzky Brothers

"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

Kamenetzky Brothers

Mitch, on whether Pau's opinion of MDA impacts the organization's decision on whether or not to keep him? "No."

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Dave McMenamin

Kupchak on Gasol: "Absolutely he's a priority ... He'll be pursued and he'll have options"

Mike Trudell

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."

Kamenetzky Brothers

"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

Mike Trudell

Kupchak asked about D'Antoni's comments about how the game has changed: "He's 100 percent correct."

Dave McMenamin

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"

Gary Lee

“There is a degree of patience here… we have to make sure we use it wisely” - Mitch Kupchak (via @SerenaWinters)

Mike Trudell

LAL could use some of that space, but keep its flexibility until the player they really want for the future is available/attainable.

Kevin Ding

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."

Mike Trudell

In other words, LAL aren't going to throw out a max contract offer this summer unless Kupchak thinks it's warranted.

Mike Trudell

Kupchak, as he's suggested throughout this season, maintains that it's very important not to spend LAL's cap space unwisely.

Kamenetzky Brothers

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

Dave McMenamin

Mitch Kupchak on the chance of trading the Lakers 1st round pick: "I think there's a possibility"

Kamenetzky Brothers

"I think there's a possibility. Sure." Mitch, on whether they'd consider trading the pick. BK

Mike Trudell

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).

Kevin Ding

Kupchak said he's not that concerned about Kobe and D'Antoni, saying he knows Kobe well enough to know "how he thinks."

Dave McMenamin

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"

Dave McMenamin

Mitch Kupchak on Mike D'Antoni: "Mike is under contract for the next two years, if anything changes, we'll let you know"

Mike Bresnahan

Kupchak on D'Antoni: "Under the circumstances, I’m not sure anybody could have done a better job than than he did."

Bill Oram

Kupchak: “Under the circumstances I’m not sure anybody could have done a better job than [D’Antoni] did.“

Mike Trudell

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."

Kamenetzky Brothers

"He's under contract for another two years. If anything changes, we'll let you know." -- Mitch, on D'Antoni. BK

Mike Trudell

In addition to some time with the family, Kobe will see his doctor in Germany, said Kupchak.

Kamenetzky Brothers

"All things considered, to me it's not that big of a deal." Mitch on Kobe's European Vacation. BK

Mike Trudell

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."

Mike Trudell

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."

Bill Oram

Neither D’Antoni or Kupchak knew Kobe was leaving town.

Kamenetzky Brothers

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

Kevin Ding

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."

Bill Oram

Kupchak said no timetable for D’Antoni decision, but they will talk in the near future.

Dave McMenamin

Mitch Kupchak: "At some point in the near future I will sit down with Mike and Jim Buss and review the season"

Mike Trudell

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."

Kamenetzky Brothers

Mitch hits the mic telling jokes. BK #looseygoosey

Gary Lee

Mitch Kupchak is at the podium.

Gary Lee

If you have any questions for Mitch Kupchak, tweet them to @SerenaWinters. My question: When will you wave your magic wand again?

Gary Lee

That could’ve been Mike D’Antoni’s final exit interview as the Lakers head coach. And no, he hasn’t been fired yet.

Mike Trudell

Mitch Kupchak is coming up next. Remember, you can watch it live on bit.ly/IShmK livestream, or on @TWCSportsNet locally.

Kamenetzky Brothers

Not sure what to make of this, but a priest handed MDA a cigarette and a menu as he was leaving. BK

Kevin Ding

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.

Kamenetzky Brothers

I can't make today's exit interviews, but has anybody asked D'Antoni if this season affected his endorsement talks with Pringles? AK

Mike Bresnahan

Is D'Antoni optimistic he'll return to the Lakers? "Yeah. I've got one or two years left, and I'm their coach."

Dave McMenamin

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."

Kevin Ding

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.

Kamenetzky Brothers

UNCONFIRMED: At the end of his press conference, the floor will open and a sea monster will swallow MDA whole. BK

Dave McMenamin

D'Antoni explaining what has affected his relationship with Kobe: "Losing does it. Losing grates at everybody"

Mike Trudell

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.

Mike Trudell

D'Antoni on Pau Gasol: "His stats and his play showed that he can be effective in any system."

Dave McMenamin

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

Dave McMenamin

D'Antoni on Kobe going to France: "It's a situation that nobody knew, and he did it."

Kamenetzky Brothers

UCONFIRMED: While holding a Rolodex. BK MT @MarkG_Medina: Mitch Kupchak is sitting to the side as D'Antoni speaks at his press conference

Mike Trudell

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."

Kamenetzky Brothers

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

Mike Trudell

D'Antoni defended the style of hoops that rule changes like hand checking have brought on, & he feels analytics have shown to work better.

Mike Trudell

D'Antoni: "The problem is most people commenting on (basketball) played a different way."

Dave McMenamin

D'Antoni is showing some fire here defending his style of play. He is a man with a clear vision, through it all.

Bill Oram

D'Antoni on fan perception: "It's hard to explain this [system] really works when you've lost 10 in a row."

Mike Trudell

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."

Dave McMenamin

D'Antoni: "Basketball has changed. It's not the same basketball that your father played."

Kamenetzky Brothers

"Basketball has changed, and it's not the same basketball as your father played." BK

Dave McMenamin

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"

Dave McMenamin

D'Antoni: "I'm not going to play the card, 'Woe is me.' ... I'm looking forward to the next challenge, whatever that is"

Mike Bresnahan

How would D'Antoni assess his relationship with Kobe? “Professional. Sometimes it butts head a bit but nothing out of the ordinary.”

Kevin Ding

D'Antoni on his "professional" relationship with Kobe: "Sometimes it does butt heads a little bit, but nothing out of the ordinary"

Mike Trudell

D'Antoni described his relationship with Kobe as "professional," saying that both want to win, and philosophies don't have to be the same.

Gary Lee

“To me, it’s ludicrous” - D’Antoni on theory that faster pace of play leads to more injuries (via @SerenaWinters)

Kamenetzky Brothers

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

Dave McMenamin

Mike D'Antoni was asked to describe his relationship with Kobe right now: "Professional"

Bill Oram

D'Antoni and Lakers: "In a few weeks we’ll all get on the same page, whatever that page is."

Mike Bresnahan

Mike D'Antoni: "Every NBA coach, especially coming off a year that no one’s happy and goes sideways, should be under scrutiny."

Mike Trudell

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."

Kevin Ding

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."