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April 18, 2014 Updates

Jackson coached Gasol with the Lakers from 2007-10. Since being hired as the Knicks' president, Jackson has signed former Lakers forward Lamar Odom to a contract and met with former Lakers forward Metta World Peace. The Knicks would be interested in Gasol in free agency, a source said. Yahoo! Sports

Gasol, however, also said he had "misunderstandings" with D'Antoni the past two years and was uncertain if the status of the coach would affect his decision. D'Antoni has one more year and a team option remaining on his Lakers contract, but his future with the organization is in question. The Lakers might also want to part ways with Gasol to save money for better free agent classes in 2015 and 2016. Yahoo! Sports

Pau Gasol felt nostalgic in what he admitted might have been his last day with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. He's also excited about his impending free agency and is open to a reunion with former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who now runs the New York Knicks' front office. "I'm happy for him and the position that he got," Gasol said. "I'm always going to be a big fan and a friend. I would listen." Yahoo! Sports

Is 40-year-old Steve Nash confident he will be ready for the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp? Or might his beaten body have a different opinion? "That's a good question," Nash said. "I think in my mind, yeah, I will be in camp. Who knows? I don't take anything for granted nowadays. I want to work as hard as I can to put myself in a position to compete, succeed and sustain it. At the same time, I got to prove it to myself every day." Yahoo! Sports

Nash said he expects to be healthy in about three to four weeks. He said he had fun when he played this season and wants to continue to play, though he's also fine with a lesser role mentoring young guards. He expects next season to be his last. "They can't rely on me, frankly," Nash said. "Hopefully, I come back and play 82 games next year and the sky is the limit. But they can't rely on me if they don't know what I'm going to bring, so they got to evaluate those guys for next season." Yahoo! Sports

Swaggy was spotted outside a club with his Target-loving girlfriend Iggy Azalea, and he wasted no time drunkenly telling the TMZ cameras about his lady’s posterior (hint to the fellas out there: don’t do that). When the TMZ videographer asked Young what he thought about people calling for Mike D’Antoni‘s job, his eyes glossed over and he slurred out, “Damn, it’s a shame what happened to D’Antoni.” Dime

What happened to the Lakers was inevitable: The nucleus that won five titles from 2000-2010 got old. What happened to the Clippers is a miracle, like seeing democracy break out in Russia under Vladimir Putin. A lot of Clipper people lived in the hope this day would come. As one of their front office people said once during their dark ages, “Everyone is here for one reason, to be here on the day it’s cool.” Of course, like almost everyone involved, he was gone by the time it got here. Forbes.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

With the Knicks expected to play Jackson's triangle offense and more of a half-court, such a style of play could be attractive to Gasol. Gasol, however, also said he wanted to play on a championship-caliber team and the Knicks didn't make the playoffs this season with Carmelo Anthony. "I want to enjoy the moment and not be too stressed about it, even though at some point I'm going to have to make a decision," said Gasol, who is improving from his recent bout with vertigo. "It will be exciting. I look at this as an opportunity. For the first, and maybe only time, I will be a free agent where I can choose. It's exciting. It's nothing that I've experienced in the NBA." Yahoo! Sports

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is the subject of a new documentary called "Kobe Bryant's Muse," which will air this fall on Showtime. The project, directed by Gotham Chopra, is filming in Los Angeles and will offer an in-depth look into the life, inspirations and challenges facing one of the most successful and complex figures in professional sports. Bryant is recovering from a serious Achilles' heel injury that kept him out of most of the 2013-14 season. "We are thrilled that Kobe has given us this unprecedented access, which will allow our viewers to witness such a challenging period of time in the life of one of the NBA's greatest players," said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime. Boston Herald

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