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
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.
May 12, 2007
I'm sure Mitch Kupchak is happy the season is over. Now he can get on with his summer job as special consultant to Bill Stoneman. RICH CONNOLLY Blue Jay, Calif. Now that I have had a week to exhaust all the expletives, name-calling and molten anger after the Lakers' collapse, I would like to give Mitch Kupchak some needed assistance. I have three trade scenarios, all of which would improve the Lakers substantially. Andrew Bynum, Brian Cook, Lamar Odom and Vladimir Radmanovic to Minnesota for Kevin Garnett, Craig Smith and Randy Foye.
August 14, 2004
I'm sorry, but Kobe's traveling circus, I mean the Lakers, could not make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, let alone compete in the West. This team, if you want to call it that, is just ridiculous. Mitch Kupchak has no ability whatsoever to assemble a team let alone figure out who has talent. I mean, come on, trade Gary Payton and Rick Fox to get three bench players. We've just become the Knicks (large payroll, no talent to win). Only difference is we have one potential All-Star.
February 23, 2008
Something seemed really strange about Pau Gasol in his Los Angeles debut as a Laker, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Then I realized not a tattoo was to be found on his 7-foot frame, at least as far as the TV cameras could show. Are you sure he's really an NBA player? Donald Bentley La Puente -- Ever since the Pau Gasol trade I have a new favorite column in The Times sports section: the out-of-town NBA box scores. Every time Memphis plays, I love reading the paper the next morning to see Kwame Brown's stat line.