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April 20, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- ESPN.com's Chris Broussard and Marc Stein report that the Portland Trail Blazers have a strong interest in interviewing Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for their vacant GM position. -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan argues the Lakers must find a way to maintain balance upon Kobe Bryant's return to the lineup.  -- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the biggest surprises surrounding the Lakers' season. -- The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald explains why the Spurs want to play the Lakers with Bryant in the lineup.
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April 18, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There were plenty of items to pluck from Mitch Kupchak's 41-minute meeting with reporters Friday, first and foremost the lack of a timetable for a decision on Coach Mike D'Antoni's future. “Mike is under contract for two more years. If anything changes, we'll let you know,” the Lakers' general manager said. “Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did.” Only next season is guaranteed for D'Antoni, making the decision less difficult than it seems.
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March 13, 2012 | By Mark Medina
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who argues that executive Jim Buss gets way too much criticism for the team's front office decisions. Kupchak also disputes Magic Johnson's recent assertion that Buss runs the front office. -- NBA.com's David Aldridge reports the Washington Wizards have enough cap space to absorb the remaining $38.2 million left on Gasol's contract. -- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how Pau Gasol is handling the trade rumors.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SALT LAKE CITY  - Mitch Kupchak paused for several seconds. It wasn't an easy question to answer. What will be Mike D'Antoni's fate? Finally, the Lakers' general manager spoke briefly about the Lakers' coach. "I'm not going to discuss Mike other than to say there is no timetable for any type of decision. So there's really nothing to share," Kupchak told The Times. It represented a departure from his comments last month that D'Antoni was "doing a great job under the circumstances.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will have the opportunity to rebuild the Lakers (25-53) after agreeing to a multiyear contract extension. Kupchak has served as the team's general manager since 2001, winning four titles on his watch. Now the Lakers are almost done with their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. His contract was originally set to expire after the 2014-15 season. With the extension announced Tuesday, he will have more time to reshape the team after the moves to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't put the Lakers into contention.
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May 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak suggested he doesn't expect to get an early commitment from impending free agent Dwight Howard. "It's my understanding that he'll be a free agent on July 1," said Kupchak to Maggie Gray of SI.com last week at the Brooklyn Nets training facility for a pre-draft combine. "He'll have opportunities that he'll look at and hopefully we'll be in the running or we'll be at the top in the very end. " After the Lakers completed exit meetings following their four-game sweep by the San Antonio Spurs, Kupchak stressed the importance of getting early notice from Howard, which would enable to team to start building around him before July (near the NBA Draft in June)
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September 30, 1986
Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers' veteran back-up center forward who has been hinting about it for the last two seasons, has retired, General Manager Jerry West announced today. Kupchak, 31, who became a Laker in 1981, made an immediate impact, starting the first 26 games, shooting 57% and averaging 8.1 rebounds. He suffered severe injuries to his left knee during a game at San Diego in mid-December, however, and missed the rest of that season and all of the next.
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February 19, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak reiterated Tuesday that he will not trade Dwight Howard. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday. Given the Lakers' struggles this season (25-29), Howard's name is popular on the rumor mill. "It's unlikely that there will be an upgrade in the talent of this team. I just don't see how that's realistic," Kupchak said. "We'll continue to be on the phones and make calls, take calls and listen, but don't anticipate anything dramatic taking place in the next two days.
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February 3, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
Reporting from Denver -- The Lakers lost Lamar Odom as well as most of their first nine road games. They would open the playoffs on the road if the regular season ended Saturday, and roughly one-third of their fans participating in a recent online poll picked them to lose in the first round. Season over? The dire feelings apparently have not infiltrated the office of Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who stood behind his preseason assertion that his team could contend for the NBA title in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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February 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The traveling circus known as the Lakers hit All-Star weekend. Center Dwight Howard was hit with a barrage of questions about his future. "[The Lakers] told me they weren't going to trade me," Howard said. "That's what [General Manager] Mitch [Kupchak] said. " Howard was acquired by the Lakers in the off-season from the Orlando Magic. He'll be a free agent once his contract expires after the season. Howard has done his best to avoid commenting on his plans beyond the current season.
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April 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will have the opportunity to rebuild the Lakers (25-53) after agreeing to a multiyear contract extension. Kupchak has served as the team's general manager since 2001, winning four titles on his watch. Now the Lakers are almost done with their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. His contract was originally set to expire after the 2014-15 season. With the extension announced Tuesday, he will have more time to reshape the team after the moves to acquire Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't put the Lakers into contention.
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April 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
It could always be worse. The Lakers could have been pounded into a sad corner of team history with Dwight Howard in Houston's lineup. So they got hit with the next worst thing, losing to the Rockets without the injured Howard, 145-130, and clinching their most miserable win-loss record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. With four games to go, the Lakers (25-53) already outdid the 1974-75 team that went 30-52. The Lakers keep seeking stability, a main reason team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak recently sat down with Kobe Bryant for a clear-the-air meeting, The Times has learned.
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March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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March 7, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers hit a low point on Thursday night, getting destroyed by the Clippers in a 48-point drubbing. General Manager Mitch Kupchak was caught on the national TNT broadcast with a clearly displeased facial expression as his team suffered its largest margin of defeat in franchise history. Kupchak and the Lakers had every intention of competing this season, but Kobe Bryant's return from an Achilles tear didn't last long when he suffered a knee fracture in his sixth game of the season.
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February 21, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday. The Lakers made a little splash on Wednesday night, trading point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for young guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. "As a person, as a player, we loved him," said Mitch Kupchak of Blake in a press conference on Thursday.  "But our shortage of point guards about a month or so ago led us to Kendall Marshall. "  The Lakers started the season with three point guards but when they all went down simultaneously with injury, Kupchak signed Marshall. Once the point guard corps started rounding into shape, the glut at the position became problematic.
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February 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol, the NBA's most-targeted subject of trade rumors, survived another deadline Thursday at noon, with the Lakers unable to move him and his $19.3-million salary. The Lakers made no deals at all Thursday, which brought to mind one obvious question. What's next for a team on pace for its worst season ever? The Lakers are headed for a lottery pick in the June draft, followed by free agency in July. They saved about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes by trading Steve Blake on Wednesday night for two seldom-used Golden State guards.
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September 25, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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]
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November 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said Sunday he does not anticipate that Kobe Bryant will be able to return 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 an event for season-ticket holders, 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.
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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers won't tank, according to General Manager Mitch Kupchak. But they're certainly not winning any time soon, finding a new way to lose Thursday. The Lakers scared the Oklahoma City Thunder for almost 48 minutes before falling, 107-103, heading into the All-Star break tied with Sacramento for dead last in the Western Conference. They also set a team record with a seventh consecutive home loss, the latest low in a season filled with them at Staples Center. Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 43 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder made up a 14-point deficit.
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February 5, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
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)
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