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Lakers coach Byron Scott had what he called a “state of the union meeting” recently with general manager Mitch Kupchak, but declined to go into detail on what came out of those discussions. “We just had a meeting about the team in general,” Scott said. “We talked about doing that every 15-20 games.” LA Daily News Blog
It currently remains unclear to what degree Scott and Kupchak addressed those topics. Kupchak also was seen talking with Bryant at the end of the Lakers’ morning shootaround on Wednesday. LA Daily News Blog
Is the brief Xavier Henry era coming to a close in Los Angeles? The former Putnam City High School star underwent successful surgery on his ruptured left Achilles on Tuesday, sidelining him for the season. With the loss of Henry and a string of other season-ending injuries, the Lakers have moved to sign forward Earl Clark. Oklahoman
Dallas Mavericks starting point guard Jameer Nelson will not play Wednesday night against the New York Knicks due to back spasms. "We don't think it's serious," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's next man up." ESPN Dallas
Greetings from Target Center, where the Wolves just finished their morning shoot minus the still-ailing Mo Williams. Williams, who missed practice Monday and Tuesday, is still questionable for tonight’s game. It will likely be a game-time decision. If he cannot play rookie Zach LaVine would likely move into the starting point guard spot. But then the question is who plays backup minutes there? Minneapolis Star Tribune
[Carmelo] Anthony is out for an unknown period of time. The Knicks still have him listed officially as “doubtful’’ for Wednesday’s game in Dallas, but it’s a certainty he’s shut down for this trip that ends Friday in Oklahoma City, if not longer. NY Post
Anthony has yet to undergo any tests on his back and did not show up at AmericanAirlines Center to be with the club for shootaround Wednesday. Anthony likely will have tests when the club returns to New York. Knicks coach Derek Fisher has indicated the team still does not have a clear diagnosis on Anthony until his back settles down. They hope he is not dealing with a disk issue and the spasms are related to muscles – which is not a chronic condition. NY Post
Fisher said he spoke with Anthony Tuesday night and reported Anthony still is not feeling too well. “I think he’s probably doubtful for tonight, just making some progress , but not enough I think to be in a game, so it will be day-to-day I’m sure,’’ Fisher said. “I checked in with him yesterday, but he’s not in a lot of comfort, so really just trying to rest up and get himself better.’’ NY Post
Fisher said Wednesday morning that Anthony was "making some progress, but not enough, I think, to be in a game, so it will be day to day." Anthony left Monday's loss to the Houston Rockets late in the first half with back spasms and did not return. Teammates said Anthony was in severe pain after the game. ESPN Boston
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