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April 11, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry underwent successful surgeries today to repair both a torn ligament in his left wrist and the cartilage abnormality in his right knee. The wrist surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Shin and the knee surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Lombardo, both at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Henry is expected to make a full recovery by the beginning of training camp. NBA.com

April 10, 2014 Updates

Young, who can opt out of his $1.2 million contract for next season with the Lakers to test free agency this summer, said he anticipates a lot of upheaval in the team's future. "I always wanted to be a Laker and it will be a dream come true to still be here, but it's crazy," Young said after practice Thursday. "You never know what happens. Last year they had a whole different team. It's obvious they're going to make some changes." ESPN.com

Young made it sound like he thinks those dreams can be realized. "I'm very confident," Young said when asked about his chances of returning to the Lakers. "I think we're going to come to some kind of agreement and hopefully it happens. We just got to see what they're going to do." ESPN.com

Lakers players that aren't injured have kept a decent demeanor. No locker room fights. No outright hatred. More or less a resignation that seeps in after losses but evaporates the next morning on the practice court. Bryant isn't happy, but that's nothing new in a losing season. He has experienced only two of them in his 18-year career and was part of this one for only six games. Los Angeles Times

Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said. "You've got to get through it, you've got to look for small victories, you've got to look to the bright side of things, understanding that it's not pleasant for anybody to go through. Nobody's wished this on anybody." Los Angeles Times

April 9, 2014 Updates

Bazemore honed his craft on this court as a child. He recalls playing against kids from all over town in the summer, starting in the early hours of the morning until the sun went down. This was his safe haven, even in the toughest of times that lasted off and on during his childhood and even throughout high school. “I was sleeping in a house with no heat, no air conditioning, no electricity, no water,” Bazemore said. “Some nights we’d go stay at my uncle’s house across the street.” NBA.com

“I think some of the challenges presented to him really hardened his heart to the task at hand to really make it to the league,” Taylor said. From a small town in North Carolina to the Bay Area to the bright lights of Los Angeles today, Bazemore hasn’t changed or been fazed. Not one bit. “I still live with that in the back of my mind,” he said. “Guys kind of forget and don’t remember what they’ve been through. That’s what keeps me hungry. My situation doesn’t change. You can’t just throw it away. It’s a part of who you are.” NBA.com

Because when he was asked about Mike last week, the perception was that he didn't go to bat for him publicly. That started the storyline of "Well, Mike's not coming back because it doesn't seem like Kobe wants him back." Mitch Kupchak: We won't consult with him. Our decisions going forward — we're not going to do knee-jerk stuff. We'll let the season end, and take some time. We've got a lot of injuries and surgeries to sort through. That's a lot to accomplish. We have the draft coming up? USA Today Sports

So how's Kobe going to handle that? Mitch Kupchak: He'll be fine. He's got no choice. He'll be fine. When we lose, he'll rant and rave and be upset and be hot and won't talk to anybody, but that's the way it is. You've got to take the good with the bad. USA Today Sports

ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin: Despite reports out there that the Lakers could be leaning toward retaining Mike D’Antoni, my sources tell me that is not the case. If anything, they’re leaning toward relieving him of his coaching duties at the end of the season. NBCSports.com

John Calipari says his immediate future will remain at Kentucky, not in the NBA. After Monday's night's 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the national championship game, Calipari denied a rumor that he was headed to the NBA. "No. I'm right [here] at Kentucky," Calipari told ESPN's Jeannine Edwards. "I got the best job. I've got a good group of kids. Love what I'm doing. Speculation? That's there every year I coach." ESPN.com

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