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Kobe Bryant Begins Intense Six-Month Training Program

Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

As he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau, Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting.

Bryant was confident about pushing harder after receiving positive feedback during a consultation last week with the doctors in Germany who previously performed the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his knees.

Bryant visited the doctors while he was in Europe on a short trip with his family last week, sources said.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kupchak Favored Keeping Gasol At Deadline

Jim Buss was more in favor of trading away Pau Gasol at the trade deadline than Mitch Kupchak.

The Los Angeles Lakers were never offered more than a second round pick for Gasol.

The Lakers decided not to trade away the expiring $19.3 million contract of Gasol for such a small return.

"Mitch wins a lot more of these battles than people imagine," said an agent who asked not to be identified because he deals with the Lakers. "They respect his caution."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Jim Buss Gives Himself Deadline To Turn Around Lakers' Basketball Ops

Jim Buss pledged to his siblings during a winter meeting that he would step down from his post in basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers if the team didn't become a contender again within the next few years.

"I was laying myself on the line by saying, if this doesn't work in three to four years, if we're not back on the top — and the definition of top means contending for the Western Conference, contending for a championship — then I will step down because that means I have failed," Jim Buss told The Times about the meeting. "I don't know if you can fire yourself if you own the team … but what I would say is I'd walk away and you guys figure out who's going to run basketball operations because I obviously couldn't do the job.

"There's no question in my mind we will accomplish success. I'm not worried about putting myself on the line."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Kupchak: Trading Lottery Pick 'Possibility' For Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may have their highest pick in over 30 years this year, but they appear interested in trading it away.

"I think there’s a possibility," said Kupchak when asked about a trade of the pick.

The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Kendall Marshall To Play For Lakers In Summer League

Kendall Marshall plans to play for the Los Angeles Lakers' team in Summer League in July.

The Lakers have planned to pick up the non-guaranteed season on Marshall's contract for 2014-15.

Marshall averaged 8 points and 8.8 assists for the Lakers this season.

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Rose, Curry Have NBA's Best-Selling Jerseys

LeBron James has the NBA's best-selling jersey, beating out Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry.

Bryant and Rose played in just 16 combined games.

James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

Kobe Bryant To Intensify Workouts Next Week

Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin a six-month training program next week upon his return from a family trip to Europe.

Bryant fractured his left knee on Dec. 17, just six games after returning from a torn Achillies tendon.

Bryant left for a short family trip to France ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers' season finale against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Bryant is expected to be fully healthy by the start of next training camp in October.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

D'Antoni To Discuss Future With Management At Exit Interviews

Mike D'Antoni will discuss the future with Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss during the Los Angeles Lakers' exit interviews on Friday.

D'Antoni has one year remaining on his contract worth $4 million, plus a team option for the following season.

"The next step will be to sit down with Jim (Buss) and all them and Mitch (Kupchak) at the end of the year and talk things out, see where things are," D'Antoni said Wednesday.

"We haven't talked. So, that will be done in the next couple days and then we'll just see."

D'Antoni deadpanned he would miss "nothing" from his season but discussed the players and some of their growth.

"You forge individual relationships that have been great," D'Antoni said. "Watching Robert (Sacre) improve, or the personality of Nick (Young) and Ryan (Kelly). There's a lot. I could go through the whole thing, I just went with a few guys, but those are the things that you remember. I think about any season, you remember your relationships ... I remember some great memories with guys and moments that we've had."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Lakers Have No Timetable On D'Antoni Decision

Mitch Kupchak was non-committal on the future of Mike D'Antoni with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times.

D'Antoni doesn't appear to have many supporters for his case to be retained.

The Lakers owe D'Antoni $4 million next season.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Lakers Archives

Kupchak: Lakers' Front Office All On The Same Page

Mitch Kupchak recently signed an extension to remain general manager of the Lakers, suggesting the working relationship with Jim Buss is strong.

Lakers, Knicks, Celtics Miss Playoffs In Same Season For First Time

The Lakers last missed the playoffs in 2005.

Lakers Could Wait Until Free Agency For Decision On D'Antoni

The Lakers also will not solicit the opinion of Kobe Bryant when evaluating whether or not to retain Mike D'Antoni.

Mitch Kupchak Agrees To Multi-Year Extension To Remain Lakers' GM

Mitch Kupchak has been GM of the Lakers since he succeeded Jerry West in 2000.

D'Antoni Felt Sympathy For Calipari Dealing With Lakers' Rumors

Mike D'Antoni felt sympathy for John Calipari after rumors surfaced that he would replace him as head coach of the Lakers.

Lakers Deny Rex Chapman's John Calipari Report

John Calipari has been linked to the Lakers by former Kentucky star Rex Chapman.

Xavier Henry To Undergo Surgery On Wrist, Knee

Xavier Henry has been scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist as well as arthroscopic surgery on the cartilage abnormality in his right knee.

Kent Bazemore To Undergo MRI On Sprained Ankle

X-rays were negative, and Kent Bazemore will undergo an MRI on Monday.

D'Antoni Believes Nash Can Continue Playing This Season

Steve Nash scored four points and dished out seven assists in 19 minutes on Friday.

Pau Gasol Will Factor Winning Over Money; Bulls, Cavs, Bobcats, Grizzlies Expected To Pursue

The Bulls, Cavaliers, Bobcats and Grizzlies are expected to be potential options for Pau Gasol, according to a poll of NBA executives.

Pau Gasol May Be Out For Remainder Of Season

Pau Gasol will almost certainly take a pay reduction from his $19.3 million this season and he is not expected to re-sign with the Lakers.

Lakers Leaning Toward Retaining Mike D'Antoni For 14-15

Mike D'Antoni has one more guaranteed season on his contract with the Lakers.

Lakers Plan To Keep Steve Nash, Prefer To Pay Remainder Of Salary In One Season

By finishing Steve Nash's contract, the Lakers expect to have more money to spend in 2015 and 2016

Source: Kevin Love Likes Idea Of Playing In LA, New York, Chicago

Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.

Kobe Envisions 'Great Potential' In Parker, Wiggins; Willing To Mentor Either Player

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker have been expected to declare for the draft but neither has made a final decision.

Mike D'Antoni Receives Inquiry From Marshall

Mike D'Antoni has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Lakers.

Drew Gooden Fined $15K By NBA For Incident With Nick Young

Drew Gooden has been fined $15,000 by the NBA.

Xavier Henry Sidelined Indefinitely With Torn Ligament In Wrist

Xavier Henry will receive a timetable on his return Monday.

Nash: It Was Probably Pretty Stupid For Me To Play

Steve Nash had five points and 11 assists in 19 minutes in his first game back since Feb. 11.

D'Antoni: Robert Sacre Is Lakers' Hardest Worker, Best Defender

Robert Sacre scored seven points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds on Wednesday.
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