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.
August 12, 2010 |
Skillful maneuvering by Mitch Kupchak remade the Lakers into a stronger, deeper team this summer.… Did his peers notice? … Two seasons ago, when the Lakers won the first of their consecutive championships in the wake of Kobe Bryant's venomous 2007 trade demands, Kupchak garnered all of two measly votes in balloting for NBA executive of the year.… Last season, he got none.… Perhaps it was Trevor Ariza's plight since leaving the Lakers that convinced Shannon Brown to stay.
December 12, 2011 |
These have been crazy days for Mitch Kupchak. Long hours at work, dinner in a box, start over again the next morning. What's next? The Lakers' general manager was aware of the low approval rating accompanied with trading popular forward Lamar Odom and a 2012 second-round pick to Dallas for a 2012 first-round pick and a traded-player exception worth $8.9 million. Wouldn't Odom have been a useful piece in a trade offer for Orlando center Dwight Howard or other big-name players?
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.
April 20, 1986 |
Shoulder butting, which might be outlawed in some states if it ever catches on, lately has become one of Magic Johnson's motivational devices for his Laker teammates. More unconventional than a routine high-five, it can either fire up a player or put him on the injured list.
June 3, 2001 |
Jerry West had been gone from the Lakers for a summer when Claire Kupchak told her husband, "You're becoming Jerry West." Mitch Kupchak considered that. On one hand, he was becoming Jerry West, only the best talent evaluator in the sport, only the man who helped build the Lakers of Showtime and then rebuilt them into the Lakers of Shaq and Kobe, and the man who over 14 years taught him how, and became a valued friend besides. Only Jerry West, is all.
April 13, 2013 |
Earlier this season, when Kobe Bryant was in the middle of a mindless streak during which he played at least 40 minutes in 10 consecutive games, his coach could only laugh about it. "I told him they'll put a statue of him at Staples [Center] but it might be literally me riding him to death," said Mike D'Antoni at the time. "They might just take him off the floor and bronze him right there. So be it. We need a win. " Earlier this month, when Kobe Bryant was in the middle of a streak of seven consecutive 40-minute games, his general manager could only shake his head.
July 2, 2005
Is it me or was it very strange that Jim Gray was with Mitch Kupchak in Los Angeles and Phil Jackson was in Montana on draft day? Brian Haueter Ventura Got to give Mitch Kupchak credit. By drafting a 7-footer, no one can accuse him of drafting a 6-6 stiff. Mark S. Roth Los Angeles
December 29, 2007
Just a few short weeks ago, Mitch Kupchak was skewered by Lakers fans. Then, he steals Trevor Ariza and suddenly the Lakers are challenging the elite teams in the West. What's more, players on the Lakers bench, the best in the NBA, were all secured by Kupchak. From dunce to genius. Go figure. Ronald Levine Van Nuys -- The Lakers are ready to contend for the title this season and for the next 10 years. What other team in the NBA can say that? Thanks, Mitch Kupchak.