29th August 14:20
Vlade to the Lakers? Malone to follow Shaq to Miami?
According to sources, Bryant continues to consider jumping to the Clippers,
going so far as to ask them to play 10 or 12 games a year at the Arrowhead
Pond in Anaheim, which is closer to his Newport Beach home than Staples
Center is, and which the Clippers apparently are considering.
It is unclear if Bryant approves of the Tomjanovich hire or the pending
O'Neal trade. Bryant made two telephone calls to Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski
and none to Tomjanovich. And his agent, Rob Pelinka, reportedly called
Krzyzewski during the NBA Finals to measure his interest in leaving Duke for
the Lakers. Phil Jackson had not yet been let go.
"I saw that," Kupchak said. "I have not talked to Rob about that. I have no
knowledge of that at all. That was never, ever mentioned to me. At some
point in time I guess I will ask Rob if that was true. But, no knowledge of
The Lakers are pursuing free-agent Vlade Divac. It might be particularly
important if their only alternative at center is Grant.. Malone could follow
O'Neal to Miami.. Tomjanovich said he hoped to have Frank Hamblen, Larry
Smith, Tim Grgurich and Mike Wells on his coaching staff.. The Lakers have
extended a multiyear offer to Slava Medvedenko.. Jeanie Buss attended the
news conference.. Kupchak said he spoke to owner Jerry Buss every day,
sometimes twice. He also said he spoke to Malone in the last week and that
the conversation went "really well."