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Can the Lakers woo Ollie out of UConn?

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07:47 AM ET 04.15 | At the very least, Mike D'Antoni deserves some credit for refusing to make excuses. [D'Antoni] still won't throw his aging, injury-riddled roster under the bus or criticize the front office for handing him one of the most talent-deficient teams in franchise history. But an unyielding loyalty to a team comprised of backups isn't enough to save his job as head coach. It's time for the Lakers to move on from the awkward, ill-fated relationship they forged with D'Antoni upon hiring him over fan favorite Phil Jackson. Fair or not, it's time to fire Mike D'Antoni. And soon after, convince Los Angeles native Kevin Ollie to leave national champion Connecticut to return home and coach his hometown Lakers. Or talk Derek Fisher out of playing one more season so he can accelerate the next chapter of his caree

Los Angeles Daily News

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Bulls want to lure Kurt Thomas

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07:46 AM ET 04.15 | Credit Chicago for thinking outside the box. [The Bulls] made a determined attempt to lure veteran big man Kurt Thomas out of retirement this month before the recent signings of Lou Amundson and Greg Smith, according to sources with knowledge of Chicago's plans. Sources told ESPN.com that the Bulls have been trying to convince Thomas, who's now 41 and ranked as the NBA's oldest player last season with the Knicks, to join them for the playoffs to lend some added know-how and toughness to their frontcourt rotation. But Thomas has not played since last season and, according to sources, considers himself retired. The Dallas native and former TCU star was spotted last week at the American Airlines Center in his hometown to watch the Spurs and Mavs, two of his former teams, as a fan.

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Irving: Fans don't deserve the Cavs

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07:46 AM ET 04.15 | If it makes fans in Cleveland feel any better, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving says you deserved better. [The] Cavs dropped back-to-back games to Milwaukee and Boston -- two bottom-rung teams in the Eastern Conference. They just didn't lose. They didn't compete. "It's disappointing based on our effort," Irving said. "Our fans definitely don't deserve it, especially at the end of the season. We preached it and said we wanted to finish strong, but teams are just getting the best of us. Just our effort level wasn't there. It's disappointing, and we have to be disappointed in ourselves. The last two games, the fans don't deserve it." The Cavs (32-49) will be looking to avoid their third 50-loss season in the last four years on April 16 vs. Brooklyn.

The Morning Journal & The News-Herald

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Pistons rookie unhappy in Detroit

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07:45 AM ET 04.15 | In the midst of a dispiriting season, the Pistons have suffered through a number of dispiriting performances. The feeling you get from Italian small forward Luigi Datome when discussing his rookie season? Try embarrassment. Datome was sheepish when asked about his three-point shooting percentage this season with the Pistons. Considered one of the top shooters in Europe, he has made seven of 38 three-pointers (18.4%). Granted it's a small sample size and he hasn't played much. But he would be the first to say he hasn't capitalized on his few opportunities. "My percentage is terrible," he said after the Palace finale on Sunday -- a 116-107 loss to the Raptors. "It's not easy to sit for five, six games and then play maybe 5 minutes of garbage time."

Detroit Free Press

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'Melo gushes over Chicago's Thibs

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07:42 AM ET 04.14 | The Second City may be New York's first concern when it comes to free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony. In a development that has to have the Knicks sweating, [Anthony] inquired about Chicago's Tom Thibodeau Sunday afternoon, then gushed over him as a "great coach" whose system can work with "anybody." And the Knicks' 100-89 win over the Bulls Sunday night didn't change Anthony's opinion of Thibodeau, or erase the pain of missing the playoffs for the first time in his career. "It's hard now. It's hard for me to accept [not being in the playoffs]," said Anthony. ... With the playoff-bound Bulls expected to be one of his primary suitors, and Joakim Noah reportedly having tried to recruit him over the All-Star break, Anthony's respect for Thibodeau and his winning system doesn't bode well.

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