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Kupchak isn't so sure what to expect from Kobe next season. "I don't know." (1/2)
Did Kupchak have any regrets last two years? "I do wish that we would have been able to keep Pau Gasol. He's still playing at a high level."
Kupchak on TV $: "It's pretty crazy. We spend a lot of time looking at spreadsheets and the new CBA to figure out what players will do."
Kupchak: "I thought Ed had a great year. We had several guys that came here on 1 yr deals that really played basketball the right way"
Any good movies out?
Kupchak also says he assumes Ed Davis will opt out of his player option, though he said it wasn't specifically discussed in their meeting
Mitch Kupchak honestly on what he expects from Kobe next season: "I don't know."
Kupchak: "It's not to say the only player we'll spend our money on this summer is a max player," but LAL want top talent.
Kupchak was impressed with Ed Davis, whom he expects to opt out of his player option for 2015-16: "We'd love to have Ed Davis on our team."
Mitch Kupchak: "We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team."
Mitch on Ed Davis: "He clearly helped himself by coming here this year. ... We'd love to have Ed Davis on our team."
2/2: Kupchak's focus, as always in building a team, is to use 1) the Draft; 2) Free agency; 3) Trades. All works together.
1/2: Kupchak on using/not using cap space: "We don't want to use our cap room to win 40 games, which doesn't get you into the playoffs."
Kupchak also clarified that they aren't going to use their cap space, just to spend $, will of course depend on scenarios.
Kupchak expects Lakers to be "active participants" in free agency: "We have the ability to at least recruit & sign 1 max player this summer"
Kupchak (2/2): "That’s not something we feel like we have to sell….and frankly, they don't want to hear about it."
Kupchak asked about using Lakers past to recruit(1/2): "When we entertain or recruit free agents, we rarely sell the past or the legacy here
Mitch: they don't emphasize history selling FA's. "They don't want to hear about it." Are more concerned about the future. BK
Kupchak said that when recruiting free agents, LAL focus on the future, and don't rely upon the history and legacy of the franchise.
Mitch Kupchak on buying the 46th pick & drafting Jordan Clarkson at: "Our scouts to their credit, did not hesitate."
Kupchak's early analysis of the draft: “This would be a good draft to participate in. Being two months out, I’m pleased with the players."
Kupchak on the importance of keeping top-5 protected pick: "We’d like to have something in our pocket for the way the year went."
Mitch: "This would be a good draft to participate in." His understated way of saying they think they can get a very good player in top 5. BK
Kupchak on 2015 draft class: “This would be a good draft to participate in. I'm pleased with the players that will be in this years draft"
Lakers obviously want their draft pick. Kupchak: "We’d like to have something in our pocket for the way the year went."
Kupchak on LAL's top 5 protected 1st Round pick (83% chance to keep): "We'd like to have something in our pocket for the way the year went."
Lakers GM Kupchak trying to remain optimistic: "We can get better quickly. We can be in the hunt quickly. A lot depends on May 19."
Mitch Kupchak: "It can get better quickly. We can be in the hunt quickly."
Kupchak on later in season: "What became important was developing young players and trying to maintain and build a culture for next season."
Mitch: "it can get better quick... We can be in the hunt quickly. A lot depends on May 19..." BK
Mitch Kupchak: "Disappointing season. Losing 60 games is really nothing to be proud about."
Next up here: Mitch Kupchak. That will be it from Lakers' exit interviews.
Byron might be Lakers' rep at next month's lottery. "They asked me to go," he said. Expressed concern, though, if Lakers lose pick. Indeed.
Byron Scott on Lakers' lottery representative. "Maybe I'll go and take my granddaughter. That's good luck."
Scott on Clarkson: "There was a point in the season where we said, 'This kid can play.'" LAL look at him as a real piece moving forward.
Basically, Byron said 3s are fine, but teams need to have post-up presence to command double team.
Byron not budging on controversial 3-pointers philosophy. "I still don’t necessarily think it’s going to help you win a championship."
Byron Scott evaluating himself from a coaching standpoint, said he can do better: "I did okay. I don't think I did great."
Byron Scott commended his team for effort all season: "It was never a lack of effort. It was more of a lack of talent than anything."
Byron said he'll listen to what minutes Kobe thinks he can play next yr because Kobe was "absolutely right" this yr but Byron overdid it.
Scott on his realistic expectations before the season: "I didn’t think we would be a playoff team but I thought we would be pretty close"
Byron Scott on preseason expectations: "I didn't think we would be a playoff team but I thought we would be pretty close."
Byron Scott acknowledged - as he did earlier this season - playing Kobe too many minutes. Needs to start w/a lower # next season.
Byron Scott says he expects to talk about minutes/restrictions before training camp starts.
Kobe is starting to lift weights again, Byron Scott said, "going back to his old way of working out." Might be ahead of schedule a bit?
Byron Scott said Kobe told him a few days ago that he feels great. Bryant is continuing his rehab and just starting to lift weights.
Byron Scott also singled out Tarik: "Tarik did a hell of a job."
Scott: "Jordan (Clarkson) stands out because he had such a good rookie year." Also mentioned Davis as having a terrific year, and Black.
Byron Scott singled out Ed Davis as playing "extremely well," and pointing to him being only 25 years old.
Byron Scott singles out Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Ed Davis as "young guys" who really impressed the Lakers this season.
Byron Scott: "There's going to be parts of this season that's always going to leave a bad taste in your mouth if you're a competitor."
Scott: "We have a lot of room to improve as a team ... But we have a lot of money under the cap. We have some picks (and) free agency."
Byron Scott said that he and Mitch Kupchak talked to the players about basketball, then he left and Mitch talked about business.
Blue was 4 when Kobe was a rookie. Said it's crazy to wear the jersey. "When anybody sees the Lakers logo or jersey, you think about Kobe."
Vander Blue said he got a sense that they would want him to play on the Lakers Summer League team
Blue - Kupchak/Scott are interested in having him on the summer league team, but we'll see what happens. "I'd love to play for the Lakers."
Vander Blue said that when he got called up to the Lakers, he started hearing from people he never hears from (this seems to be common)
Vander Blue: "It was a dream come true to put on a Lakers jersey whether the number was right or not."
Vander Blue: "This has been the craziest week of my life." BK
Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week oft life." BK
Blue: "This was the craziest week of my life. I'm just grateful and thankful for the whole situation. I hope I made some people proud."
Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week of my life. I'm just grateful, thankful for the whole situation."
Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week of my life."
Vander Blue: "They said they like what they see. In the circumstances that were presented they thought I did a good job."
If contracts are handed out purely on the basis of exit interview quality, Tarik Black is going to get PAID. High character guy. BK
Jabari Brown: "I feel like I matched up pretty well. I just want to continue to get stronger. I felt like I definitely can hold my own."
Jabari Brown: "I'm excited about what the future holds." Kupchak/Scott liked what they saw from him and the start he's off to.
Jabari Brown on message from Byron Scott & Mitch Kupchak: "I still have to prove myself in this league, but I got off to a good start."
Tarik Black: "The thing that pushes me is I know I have the potential to do this … that's all I need."
Tarik Black after being informed that Jordan Clarkson re-watched the NBA draft 8-10 times: "Wow that’s an obsession right there."
Black thinks a big key to the NBA is being great at a few things that opponents can't stop. "It's not about being able to do everything."
Tarik Black: "It's not about being able to do everything, it's about being able to do some things great."
Tarik Black said he was excited about the late-season connection on screen/roll with Jordan Clarkson.
Hope Tarik Black sticks in the league. Already one of the best, most thoughtful interviews around.
Tarik Black is close to obtaining his Masters degree in African American Studies from the University of Kansas.
Tarik Black is headed back to Kansas tomorrow. He has a course left & a thesis & he'll have his Master's in African American Studies.
Black said he would love to play power forward in this league. Says he's undersized as far as height for C, but has tools to play 5.
When talking about comparisons, Tarik Black said Lakers invoked Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace.
Tarik Black said Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott told him he has a bright future, and a lot of potential to grow.
Tarik Black: "...instilled a lot of confidence and encouragement in saying that I have a bright future."
Tarik Black on his meeting w/ Scott & Kupchak (1/2): "They definitely praised me for the potential that I have and…"
Tarik Black: "I feel like I found a home here." Said it was tough being waived by Houston, but was excited about how things worked out.
Jordan Clarkson looking back, says if it wasn’t for Nash getting hurt & Scott giving him the opportunity, he wouldn't be in this position
Jordan Clarkson will make a trip to his mothers native Philippines in May.
Jordan Clarkson on Byron Scott: "I feel like he's been a big part of my process growing as a player and a person. I just want to thank him."
Attention Philippines fans! Jordan Clarkson is planning to make a trip out there this summer.