February 5, 2014 |
The Lakers are a dismal 16-32 on the season, but General Manager Mitch Kupchak has a positive outlook on the team's situation. "Our future is a bright future. We're going to be just fine," said Kupchak on Wednesday to Jared Greenberg and Rick Fox on "SiriusXM NBA Radio. " "The franchise is going to attract players," he continued. "Unfortunately, we're going to have a good draft pick this year. We'll get a good player there. " The projected draft pool could include Kansas players Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum (Australia)
January 8, 2014 |
HOUSTON - These are rough days for Lakers fans. Very. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, however, sounded at ease during a phone interview with The Times, going over a variety of topics on a team that can't stay healthy, play defense or, seemingly, make the playoffs. First things first. Kupchak is satisfied with Coach Mike D'Antoni, blaming the Lakers' woes on injuries and saying D'Antoni is doing a "great job. " "We're happy with Mike," Kupchak said Wednesday. "You can look back six weeks ago and say it's exciting and we're playing great.
November 10, 2013 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Sunday he does not anticipate Kobe Bryant returning from his Achilles' tendon injury within the next two weeks. "I don't see that in the next week or two because you've got to be on the court. You've got to practice. You've got to play," Kupchak, speaking at a morning event for season-ticket holders at Staples Center, said of the team's All-Star guard. Bryant said recently that he's gotten in two of the three weeks of intense conditioning he needs before considering a return date.
October 25, 2013 |
The NBA, the Lakers and, yes, even the Boston Celtics, lost a legend on Friday as Hall of Famer Bill Sharman died after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Sharman, who was 87, was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and a coach. He played with the Celtics but as a head coach led the 1971-72 Lakers to their first title in Los Angeles. "Today is a sad day for anyone who loves and cares about the Lakers,” team President Jeanie Buss said in a statement.
September 26, 2013 |
The Lakers rarely pick in the first round of the NBA draft. The only player on the roster who was drafted by the Lakers in the first round was Jordan Farmar (26th overall pick in 2006), and he was picked up this summer as a free agent. Technically even Kobe Bryant was acquired in a 1996 trade with the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans Pelicans). The last first-rounder taken by the Lakers who actually joined the team immediately was Javaris Crittenton in 2007. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak has acquired a number of high-drafted players who have yet to truly make their mark in the league.
September 25, 2013 |
The big question surrounding the Lakers as they approach training camp is the status of Kobe Bryant. The All-Star guard is still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon, suffered on April 12 in a win over the Golden State Warriors. "I do believe that he'll get back and he'll play this season. You won't be able to look at him and say he's hurt," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said at the team's practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday. "He'll be healthy, but he is 35 [years old]