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Mike D'Antoni: Analysts aren't keeping up with changing game

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06:27 AM ET 04.19 | The Lakers have yet to announce any coaching change. Mike D'Antoni could be back, despite a general lack of fan support. As far as public opinion, the Lakers coach pointed at television analysts as part of the issue. "I do think that the game is changing and has changed," said D'Antoni. "Some of the hard part of coaching is to be able to drag people over to the next side. People are comfortable doing business a certain way. When that business kind of shifts, to get people to change is not easy." "The problem is most people commenting on it, played a different way. And now you're shaping opinion a different way," he continued. "As soon as they embrace it a little bit more, I think they're better off. But basketball has changed. It's not the same basketball that your father played. It's just not it. Teams that adapt to it quicker are going to be more successful."

Los Angeles Times

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Blake Griffin claims no grudge against Jermaine O'Neal

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06:18 AM ET 04.19 | Blake Griffin approached the media for his session Friday and smiled as he prepared to answer questions about the first-round playoff series between his Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. Then Griffin's eyes grew wide when the Clippers All-Star power forward was asked if there were any lingering problems between him and Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal. Griffin assured everyone he had no issues with O'Neal. The question was asked because Griffin and O'Neal had a confrontation in the hallway outside the Clippers' locker room the last time the two teams played at Staples Center on March 12. The two exchanged words after O'Neal approached a surprised Griffin, but nothing happened. "I don't have Jermaine's number," Griffin said Friday. "So I don't really talk to him. So I don't know if there's a lingering issue or not." OK, Griffin was then asked, do the Clippers and Warriors hate each other? Even Reggie Miller, the NBA Hall of famer and NBA analyst for TNT, weighed in on the subject. "They hate each other," Miller said.

Los Angeles Times

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Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler

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06:24 AM ET 04.19 | Kobe Bryant has always disapproved of Smush Parker. Perhaps for good reason. Parker, a former Laker, allegedly punched a 16-year-old in the jaw during a pickup basketball game, according to the New York Post. Wolfgang Novogratz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore point guard at Brooklyn's Poly Prep, allegedly had to be taken to the hospital after the incident. "Wolfie scored back-to-back baskets on Smush," a source told the Post. "At the other end, Smush went up for a shot. There was a hard foul, and they both went down. Smush got up and punched Wolfie in the face." Novogratz is the son of HGTV personalities Robert and Cortney Novogratz. He reportedly has basketball scholarship offers from Northwestern, Rutgers and Villanova.

Los Angeles Times

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Report: Phil Jackson, Mike Woodson to meet

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05:21 AM ET 04.19 | Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Phil Jackson were ironing out a time to meet early next week to discuss his future, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation. Woodson was not invited to be part of the exit meetings with the Knicks' 14 players that occurred Thursday and Friday, with Jackson and general manager Steve Mills running them. It was a strong indicator Woodson wouldn't be asked back. Woodson has not been told he's not coming back, the source said. However, The Post has reported Steve Kerr already expects to be Woodson's successor.

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Kerr 'absolutely expects' Knicks offer

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07:44 AM ET 04.18 | The most significant early impact Phil Jackson has on the Knicks will come by either retaining Mike Woodson or naming his successor. Among those waiting on the news is Steve Kerr, the former player and general manager turned broadcaster for TNT. According to a source close to the situation, Kerr "absolutely expects" to be offered the job. "And if he's offered the job he's definitely going to do it," the source told The Post. The Post has learned Kerr has had conversations with his bosses at Turner Sports about adjusting his schedule as an analyst during the upcoming playoffs should he be named the Knicks head coach. Kerr's name emerged as a top candidate based on his ties with Jackson. He was part of the Bulls' three straight championship teams from 1996-1998 and the two have remained close.

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