February 3, 2012 |
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.
February 15, 2013 |
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.
November 10, 2013 |
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.
July 25, 2012 |
As free agency progresses, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak finds himself sleeping fewer hours. And that routine is unlikely to change. Even after acquiring an elite point guard (Steve Nash) and two forwards (Antawn Jamison, Jordan Hill), Kupchak hardly sounded as if the Lakers are entering the 2012-13 season with their final roster. The most critical question involves their center Andrew Bynum. Kupchak said he talked with Bynum's representive, David Lee, on Wednesday about a long-term contract extension, a meeting he described as "positive and productive.
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]
June 28, 2012 |
In a bemusing tone, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak apologized to reporters who waited five hours to talk to him about two inconsequential late second-round draft acquisitions. But the focus on the Lakers' offseason efforts will hardly center on the prospects of Marquette point guard Darius Johnson-Odom or Gonzaga center Robert Sacre. It will zero in on the Lakers' failure to move up higher in the draft and whether the Lakers can make what Kupchak described as a "home run" during free agency.
July 11, 2012 |
Only two weeks after declaring the Lakers would try to hit a home run, General Manager Mitch Kupchak helped hit one out of the park. Their coveted prize came in the form of elite point guard Steve Nash. He officially signed his three-year, $27-million contract Monday morning. Nash stood at an introductory news conference at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo proudly displaying his No. 10 Lakers jersey. And he gushed for over half an hour about how this arrival bolsters his chances to win his first NBA championship entering his 17th year.
November 9, 2012 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak spoke to the media Friday, addressing the team's firing of Coach Mike Brown. "Today we relieved Mike Brown of his head coaching duties," Kupchak said. "Mike's a good man, very hard working, maybe one of the hardest-working coaches that I've ever been around. The bottom line is that the team was not winning at the pace that we expected this team to win and we didn't see improvement. " The Lakers asked assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff to work as acting head coach, and Kupchak said the team has not yet reached out to find a permanent replacement for Brown.
November 8, 2012 |
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak is never one to smash the glass and start hitting the panic button. He isn't doing it now despite the team's 1-4 start. He recognizes the issues surrounding the team. The Lakers are dead last in the Western Conference despite the largest payroll in the NBA - $100 million in player salary, plus $30 million more in projected luxury taxes. "Expectations are high, there's no doubt. The city is impatient," Kupchak said Thursday in a phone interview with The Times.
February 20, 2014 |
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.