Lakers Daily Links: Thursday

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak tight-lipped about Byron Scott's future: The Lakers returned to the practice floor Wednesday following the All-Star break, eager to salvage a few more victories in their remaining 27 games. But the optimistic talk went silent when General Manager Mitch Kupchak was asked about Coach Byron Scott’s future. -- The Orange County Register

Kupchak offers more insight on trade deadline than evaluations on Byron Scott: A busy offseason awaits the Lakers that should give general manager Mitch Kupchak little sleep. Will the ping pong balls bounce the Lakers’ way so they can keep their Top 3 protected draft pick? How will the Lakers use their cap money after Kobe Bryant’s pending retirement? Will the Lakers retain coach Byron Scott after experiencing another season out of playoff contention and in the Western Conference cellar? -- Los Angeles Daily News

D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson downplay press conference incident during All-Star weekend: D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson learned things about NBA All-Star weekend besides becoming inspired from the stars and adjusting to Toronto’s cold climate. -- Los Angeles Daily News

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak doesn't have much to say about Coach Byron Scott: As votes of confidence go, it wasn’t the greatest. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak declined to speak in depth about Coach Byron Scott while being interviewed by reporters Wednesday. -- Los Angeles Times