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April 18, 2014 Updates

Mitch Kupchak talked in-depth about Kobe Bryant's early vacation, Steve Nash's poor health, Pau Gasol's free agency and the Los Angeles Lakers' high draft pick on Friday. But one subject the Lakers general manager provided little clarity into is the future of coach Mike D'Antoni. Kupchak said he and Lakers president Jim Buss will meet with D'Antoni in the "near future," but didn't give a specific timeline for either the meeting or a decision on D'Antoni's future. Kupchak said D'Antoni is under contract for two more seasons, but wasn't definitive in answering whether D'Antoni would be the coach next season. Kupchak and D'Antoni had exit interviews with players on Thursday and Friday, but did not discuss D'Antoni's future. "Mike is under contract for two more years," Kupchak said. "If anything changes, we will let you know." Yahoo! Sports

This is something I’ve been curious about all season — you do all kinds of charity work but always in private and never for publicity. Why? Rajon Rondo: You don’t do charity work for publicity. Well, I know I don’t. Everybody’s different. I feel like if you do stuff like that for charity, it should be from the heart. You don’t have to get exposure for it. The people that you’re doing it for are very grateful. It’s not to get media attention. It’s not to get the NBA behind me. I do it for myself. I do it for the people that need it and I do it because I want to do it. There’s no need for a big media blast. People do that stuff all the time all across the world that you don’t hear about. People volunteer over in foreign countries and do way more stuff than I’m doing. So for me to do what I do, I’m very blessed to be in my situation. I don’t feel like I need any exposure or a pat on the back when I’m doing it. I do it because I want to do it. Boston Globe

While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend. Woodson's fate is likely to be announced early next week. ESPN.com

Sources close to the situation told ESPN that Woodson is "bracing" for the worst, especially after the Knicks conducted exit interviews with players Thursday without the coach present. ESPN.com

Williams said he hasn't had any discussion about his future with vice president Mickey Loomis general manager Dell Demps. "That's not something we talk about at all," Williams said. "Mickey and I have those conversations. He's the only guy that I answer to when it comes to that kind of stuff. It's not something that comes up. We are in a production business and you have to produce. And we all know that. "(But) I don't wake up everyday worried about if this is going to be the day (he gets fired) or anything like that. I have to do my job. I think you guys (media) think about it and write about it more than anybody else. When you are in management or leadership you are always trying to help your team get better and that's about the extend of it." New Orleans Times-Picayune

Phil Jackson’s first real imprint on the Knicks organization will come when he names a new head coach or stuns the basketball world by retaining Mike Woodson. Among those waiting on the news is Steve Kerr, the former player and general manager turned broadcaster for TNT. According to a source close to the situation, Kerr “absolutely expects” to be offered the job. “And if he’s offered the job he’s definitely going to do it,” the source told The Post. New York Post

Phil Jackson didn’t have time for Mike Woodson during the season, and now it appears that the head coach doesn’t have time for the Knicks’ new president. The standoff between the coaching legend and the coach in limbo is apparently underway with Woodson, according to a Knicks source, informing the organization that if Jackson plans on firing him there is no reason to meet formally. New York Daily News

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