Mike Bresnahan

Kupchak isn't so sure what to expect from Kobe next season. "I don't know." (1/2)

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

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"

Serena Winters

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

Serena Winters

Mitch Kupchak honestly on what he expects from Kobe next season: "I don't know."

Mike Trudell

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.

Gary Lee

"We rarely sell the past and the legacy here" - GM Mitch Kupchak on recruiting upcoming free agents. lakersnation.com/mitch-kupchak-…

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Mitch Kupchak: "We’d love to have Ed Davis on our team."

Bill Oram

Mitch on Ed Davis: "He clearly helped himself by coming here this year. ... We'd love to have Ed Davis on our team."

Mike Trudell

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.

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Kupchak also clarified that they aren't going to use their cap space, just to spend $, will of course depend on scenarios.

Serena Winters

Kupchak expects Lakers to be "active participants" in free agency: "We have the ability to at least recruit & sign 1 max player this summer"

Serena Winters

Kupchak (2/2): "That’s not something we feel like we have to sell….and frankly, they don't want to hear about it."

Serena Winters

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

Kamenetzky Brothers

Mitch: they don't emphasize history selling FA's. "They don't want to hear about it." Are more concerned about the future. BK

Mike Trudell

Kupchak said that when recruiting free agents, LAL focus on the future, and don't rely upon the history and legacy of the franchise.

Serena Winters

Mitch Kupchak on buying the 46th pick & drafting Jordan Clarkson at: "Our scouts to their credit, did not hesitate."

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Kamenetzky Brothers

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

Serena Winters

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"

Bill Oram

Lakers obviously want their draft pick. Kupchak: "We’d like to have something in our pocket for the way the year went."

Mike Trudell

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."

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Mike Trudell

Mitch Kupchak: "It can get better quickly. We can be in the hunt quickly."

Mike Trudell

Kupchak on later in season: "What became important was developing young players and trying to maintain and build a culture for next season."

Kamenetzky Brothers

Mitch: "it can get better quick... We can be in the hunt quickly. A lot depends on May 19..." BK

Serena Winters

Mitch Kupchak: "Disappointing season. Losing 60 games is really nothing to be proud about."

Jeremy Lin

It's an honor to be a part of #NBAFanDay!! You guys are seriously the best and encourage me daily! http://t.co/4DpJrPH7Cj

Bill Oram

Next up here: Mitch Kupchak. That will be it from Lakers' exit interviews.

Mike Bresnahan

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.

Gary Lee

Maybe you won't actively root for overtime games next season, intern. twitter.com/_jjolenenacapu…

Bill Oram

Byron Scott on Lakers' lottery representative. "Maybe I'll go and take my granddaughter. That's good luck."

Mike Trudell

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.

Bill Oram

Basically, Byron said 3s are fine, but teams need to have post-up presence to command double team.

Melissa Rohlin

Charles Barkley: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan holding back Clippers latimes.com/sports/clipper…

Bill Oram

Byron not budging on controversial 3-pointers philosophy. "I still don’t necessarily think it’s going to help you win a championship."

Serena Winters

Byron Scott evaluating himself from a coaching standpoint, said he can do better: "I did okay. I don't think I did great."

Serena Winters

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."

Kevin Ding

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.

Serena Winters

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"

Bill Oram

Byron Scott on preseason expectations: "I didn't think we would be a playoff team but I thought we would be pretty close."

Mike Trudell

Byron Scott acknowledged - as he did earlier this season - playing Kobe too many minutes. Needs to start w/a lower # next season.

Serena Winters

Byron Scott says he expects to talk about minutes/restrictions before training camp starts.

Mike Bresnahan

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?

Mike Trudell

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.

Serena Winters

Byron Scott also singled out Tarik: "Tarik did a hell of a job."

Mike Trudell

Scott: "Jordan (Clarkson) stands out because he had such a good rookie year." Also mentioned Davis as having a terrific year, and Black.

Serena Winters

Byron Scott singled out Ed Davis as playing "extremely well," and pointing to him being only 25 years old.

Kevin Ding

Byron Scott singles out Jordan Clarkson, Tarik Black and Ed Davis as "young guys" who really impressed the Lakers this season.

Mike Bresnahan

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."

Mike Trudell

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."

Mike Trudell

Byron Scott said that he and Mitch Kupchak talked to the players about basketball, then he left and Mitch talked about business.

Gary Lee

Lakers 'open' to Vander Blue playing on summer league team this year. lakersnation.com/lakers-news-te… http://t.co/HWbYhCkmAi

Mike Trudell

Blue said that sometimes, in gym w/t @DFenders, he'd "find myself just staring at Kobe," then recall that he's a pro too … "But it's Kobe."

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Vander Blue said he got a sense that they would want him to play on the Lakers Summer League team

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

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)

Bill Oram

Vander Blue: "It was a dream come true to put on a Lakers jersey whether the number was right or not."

Kamenetzky Brothers

Vander Blue: "This has been the craziest week of my life." BK

Kamenetzky Brothers

Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week oft life." BK

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week of my life. I'm just grateful, thankful for the whole situation."

Bill Oram

Vander Blue: "This is the craziest week of my life."

Bill Oram

The NBA draft is long, tedious, full of meaningless blather and bad fashion. Jordan Clarkson has watched it 10 times. ocregister.com/lakers/westbro…

Mike Trudell

Vander Blue: "They said they like what they see. In the circumstances that were presented they thought I did a good job."

Ben Bolch

Charles Barkley: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan holding back Clippers fw.to/SxAm89M

Kamenetzky Brothers

If contracts are handed out purely on the basis of exit interview quality, Tarik Black is going to get PAID. High character guy. BK

Mike Trudell

Brown said he knows he can play in the NBA, but acknowledged the "Dream come true" of his call up from the @DFenders after going undrafted.

Mike Trudell

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."

Mike Trudell

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.

Serena Winters

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."

Mike Trudell

Tarik Black: "The thing that pushes me is I know I have the potential to do this … that's all I need."

Serena Winters

Tarik Black after being informed that Jordan Clarkson re-watched the NBA draft 8-10 times: "Wow that’s an obsession right there."

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Tarik Black: "It's not about being able to do everything, it's about being able to do some things great."

Mike Trudell

Tarik Black said he was excited about the late-season connection on screen/roll with Jordan Clarkson.

Gary Lee

Tarik Black feels like he 'found a home here' with the Lakers. lakersnation.com/lakers-news-ta… http://t.co/vgSAkoYO6H

Bill Oram

Hope Tarik Black sticks in the league. Already one of the best, most thoughtful interviews around.

Mike Trudell

Tarik Black is close to obtaining his Masters degree in African American Studies from the University of Kansas.

Serena Winters

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.

Ryan Ward

Tarik Black on future w/ Lakers: “I feel like I found a home here.” #Lakers

Mike Trudell

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.

Bill Oram

When talking about comparisons, Tarik Black said Lakers invoked Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace.

Mike Trudell

Tarik Black said Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott told him he has a bright future, and a lot of potential to grow.

Serena Winters

Tarik Black: "...instilled a lot of confidence and encouragement in saying that I have a bright future."

Serena Winters

Tarik Black on his meeting w/ Scott & Kupchak (1/2): "They definitely praised me for the potential that I have and…"

Mike Trudell

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.

Serena Winters

VIDEO: Ed Davis' 2015 Lakers Exit Interview youtube.com/watch?v=C-lDj2…

Serena Winters

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

Beto Duran

Jordan Clarkson will make a trip to his mothers native Philippines in May.

Mike Trudell

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."

Serena Winters

Attention Philippines fans! Jordan Clarkson is planning to make a trip out there this summer.