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.
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?
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.
February 19, 2013 |
He was speaking only for his weary and rumpled self, speaking in the singular, sorrowful tones of someone who just lost a boss and friend of more than three decades. But, in one poignant moment while publicly mourning the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss on Tuesday, Mitch Kupchak could have been speaking for every Lakers fan. "Just knowing that he was there was a good feeling to me," said Kupchak, the Lakers general manager. "And he's gone now. " Just knowing Buss was there was a good feeling for everyone, and the fact that he's gone now has instantly become the most frightening development of the modern Lakers era. Buss was the Lakers' voice.
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
July 1, 2006
Mitch Kupchak recently commented: "We would not do anything different today than we did two years ago regarding the Shaquille O'Neal trade." Hmm, and I suppose had the captain of the Titanic been interviewed just before his ship sank, he would have commented: "Regarding that iceberg thing, it was a good move at the time and I'd most certainly take the same course today." DAN ROSENFELD Arcadia Mitch Kupchak's quote is either made by a buffoon shilling for Jim and Jerry Buss or else Mr. Kupchak has completely lost contact with reality.
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.
June 22, 1994
Jerry West, formerly general manager, has been promoted to Laker executive vice president of basketball operations and Mitch Kupchak, former assistant general manager, has been promoted to general manager. West, who had been the Lakers' general manager since 1982, will continue to be responsible for the club's basketball operations and will continue to handle trades, contract negotiations and scouting.