May 05, 2013 12:25 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers' "Plan A" is to keep Pau Gasol and bring back the rest of the team, according to a report citing a source with knowledge of the organization's thinking.
Since the Lakers were swept in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs, Gasol talked openly about this season possibly being his last in Los Angeles.
Gasol is set to make upwards of $19 million next season.
Kobe Bryant has been a staunch supporter of Gasol, saying he believes the Lakers should keep the big man.
May 04, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
The Charlotte Bobcats have received permission to interview Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as a possible replacement for fired coach Mike Dunlap.
Clifford is known for his defensive expertise after spending nine seasons as an assistant under the Van Gundy brothers -- first Jeff Van Gundy with the Houston Rockets, then Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic.
Alvin Gentry, Nate Tibbetts, Kelvin Sampson, Jeff Hornacek and Elston Turner are also expected to interview for the Bobcats’ coaching vacancy.
May 02, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
Mike D'Antoni is considering adding a defensive assistant to his staff with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.
D'Antoni's first choice is believed to be Nate McMillan. The two coaches worked together as assistants with Team USA.
McMillan, however, is expected to land a head coaching job.
Alvin Gentry could fill the role, according to sources.
May 01, 2013 8:35 PM EDT
Dwight Howard, who was diagnosed with a torn labrum after originally injuring his right shoulder on January 4th, was examined on Wednesday.
Howard, who missed six games this season due to the injury, was advised that surgery is not necessary at this time.
Apr 30, 2013 6:49 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers enter an uncertain offseason that will be dictated by their ability to re-sign Dwight Howard.
"We're very confident that we can build around Dwight Howard," said Mitch Kupchak.
Kupchak had a long conversation with Howard on Tuesday that he felt went well. Kupchak did confess that it is difficult for him to be fully confident of Howard returning to the Lakers.
"I think he understands: the sooner, the better for everybody," said Kupchak about when Howard may make a decision.
Howard also addressed the media on Tuesday.
"I'm not gonna allow any of the fake rumors from last year to happen this year. If something comes out, you're going to hear from me."
Apr 30, 2013 4:02 PM EDT
Pau Gasol addressed the media at the end of a difficult season for the Los Angeles Lakers and ahead of an offseason where his future is in doubt.
"I prefer to stay, but I'm prepared if I'm not," said Gasol.
Gasol also said that Mitch Kupchak indicated that his future with the Lakers is not directly tied to the decision Dwight Howard ultimately makes in free agency.
If Gasol returns, he hopes that there is better understanding of how he can be utilized by Mike D'Antoni.
"I think we have to understand each other a lot better.”
Apr 30, 2013 10:14 AM EDT
Antawn Jamison is not expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason.
Jamision will undergo wrist surgery on Tuesday for an injury sustained on March 22. Jamison played through the injury to help the already injury-depleted Lakers.
Jamison skipped his exit interview with the Lakers on Monday.
Apr 29, 2013 8:06 PM EDT
Jodie Meeks became one of Dwight Howard's closest friends this season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Meeks was asked on Monday if he thinks Howard will re-sign with the Lakers.
"I know he loves this city," said Meeks. "I know he loves the team. We got pretty close this year as friends -- from the same hometown [Atlanta]. I can't really say exactly what he's going to do but I know he likes the city."
Meeks has one season remaining on his contract with the Lakers, assuming they pick up their team option.
Apr 29, 2013 10:32 AM EDT
Pau Gasol has one season remaining on his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and hopes to return even though he could be dealt in the offseason.
"I would like to be a part of another championship team here, but it is not totally up to me," Gasol said.
"We could definitely get it done [if the roster stayed intact], but I would be pretty surprised if there was no changes whatsoever. I would be surprised if that happens."
Gasol said he had "certain desires that [Phil Jackson] would be chosen" to replace Mike Brown instead of Mike D'Antoni.
Gasol and Jackson remain in frequent contact.
Apr 28, 2013 9:56 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the 2013 NBA Playoffs in four games by the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, finishing a season in which beloved owner Jerry Buss passed away, Mike Brown was fired and controversially replaced by Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon amid countless other injuries and the team was unable to fully incorporate Dwight Howard.
“Like a nightmare," said Howard on his first season with the Lakers. "It’s like a bad dream and we just couldn’t wake up from it. That’s what it felt like.”
Howard underwent back surgery last spring and came back earlier than expected, but was far from his dominant former self.
Howard will be a free agent in the offseason.
"Going to step away from everything for a couple weeks and clear my head before I do or talk about anything as far as next season."
Andrew Goudelock made about $1,200 every two weeks while he was in the D-League, while his per diem was $40.
Pau Gasol has dealt with tendonosis in both knees this season.
Metta World Peace went scoreless in 17 minutes in Friday's Game 3 blowout loss to the Spurs.
Andrew Goudelock averaged 21.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 37.1 minutes per D-League game.
Dwight Howard finished 14th in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting.
Mike D'Antoni has drawn much criticism for his handling of the Lakers this season.
Dwight Howard finished 14th in Defensive Player of the Year, a shocking result for a player who won the award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Jordan Hill tore a muscle in his hip on Jan. 6.
Mitch Kupchak also expressed optimism that Steve Nash could return for Game 1 on Sunday.
Pau Gasol had 17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists, his second triple double of April.
Mitch Kupchak has been impressed with the adjustments Mike D'Antoni had made during his partial season with the Lakers.
Apr 17, 2013 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Phil Jackson is intrigued by a management position for the first time in his career.
Mitch Kupchak continues to be confident that Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers this offseason.
Dwight Howard is determined to be there for Kobe Bryant as he goes through his rehabilitation from a completely torn Achilles tendon.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says that Kobe Bryant's desire to return to the floor by the first game of the 2013-14 season is "a reasonable goal."
Andrew Goudelock has averaged over 20 points in the D-League this season and gave the Lakers stretches of offense last season.
The Lakers are not considering amnestying Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg on Friday night in a win over the Warriors.
Kobe Bryant has dealt with injury issues over the second half of the season.
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All along, the Lakersí training staff has been impressed by Jordan Hillís progress, diligence and attack in rehabilitating a hip injury that was believed to have ended his season.
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