February 27, 1993
Are the Lakers out of their minds? Trade Sam Perkins for Benoit Benjamin, a has-been, and Doug Christie, who has a history of knee problems? Has the Laker front office been impressed with the Angels' recent trades? Assistant General Manager Mitch Kupchak says, "We feel we might have to take a couple of chances . . . " He must have caught "Whiteyherzogitis." ROBERT WEBSTER Costa Mesa
October 16, 2010 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak watched an old friend walk toward him Saturday night, but just stared for a moment when he got there. His friend didn't look like he remembered him, at least not in the body. "The face looks like George," Kupchak said. Much of the rest doesn't. George Karl, the Denver Nuggets' coach, underwent treatment for a form of neck and throat cancer in the off-season, and has lost about 50 pounds. "I haven't found many suits that fit me, I know that," Karl said.
July 23, 2010 |
The right knee that bothered Kobe Bryant last season finally went in for some service. Bryant had arthroscopic surgery last week on the knee, the Lakers announced Friday. The knee bothered Bryant so much in April that he sat out a handful of regular-season games, and it was eventually drained near the end of the Lakers' first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City. Bryant is rehabilitating the knee and is expected to return in time for training camp, which opens Sept.
November 14, 2012 |
When the Lakers announced that they chose Mike D'Antoni as their next coach, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash poured their support behind the man that will take over at helm. But one important voice in the Laker community remained mum. Magic Johnson. Johnson broke his silence Wednesday through Twitter . "The reason I haven't tweeted in 2 days is because I've been mourning Phil Jackson not being hired as the Lakers head coach," Johnson wrote. "My mother always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. " Jackson was considering coming out of retirement for a third stint with the Lakers after Mike Brown was fired Friday.
June 5, 2013 |
The Lakers are trying to prepare for Dwight Howard's free-agency decision, whether he chooses to stay with the team long term or leave for another franchise. "It's the one decision we have to wait on," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak in an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com . "Then we will try to have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C depending on what happens. " The Lakers hope Howard chooses to re-sign for what could be a $118-million, five-year contract. "I think this is the best city to live in with the best fans in the NBA," said Kupchak.
May 23, 2012 |
Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were in the Lakers' training facility on the same day, possibly for the last time. They arrived several hours apart for their exit interviews Wednesday and then stepped into the sunshine afterward, though nothing looked overly bright about the Lakers' future. "There will be some change," said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the sting still fresh from another ouster in the Western Conference semifinals. "When you lose before you think you should have lost, you have to open up all opportunities.