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.
October 2, 1999
The Lakers could still have Elden Campbell and Eddie Jones, solving their rebounding and big-guard needs and be without that overrated headache, Glen Rice. But that is water under the bridge and after the signings of A.C. Green, John Salley and Benoit Benjamin (say it ain't so), I would like to submit a list of other aging big men who might be available for the Lakers to take a look at: Jim Chones, Spencer Haywood, Mark Landsberger, Mychal Thompson, Bob McAdoo, Kurt Rambis, Swen Nater, James Edwards, Frank Brickowski, Jim Brewer, Mike Smrek and Sam Perkins.
June 7, 1986
I did not appreciate the comments attributed to Pat Riley after the Houston series. How can he point fingers at his players when it's quite evident that he blew it as a coach? Yes, the Lakers had the talent to beat Houston and provide effective competition for Boston, but he had to bestow confidence in his players. By not substituting effectively, by letting Mitch Kupchak and Mike McGee rust on the bench, two players who were an integral part of the regular season, he weakened the whole.
April 24, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers reserve center-forward Jordan Hill has been cleared to play, the team said Wednesday. It's somewhat surprising, given the fact the Lakers initially said he would be out for the entire season after undergoing hip surgery in January. More recently, he was deemed out until at least the second round of the playoffs. Hill has not played since Jan. 6. He is averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in his second season with the Lakers. He has taken part in some recent practices but mostly without contact.
September 23, 2000
Congratulations to Mitch Kupchak! For a decade, Jerry West, the greatest general manager in NBA history, struggled unsuccessfully to land an established power forward. In one bold move, Kupchak exchanged Glen Rice, an expendable player, for Horace Grant, an established power forward, tough rebounder, strong defender and adequate shooter. He also upgraded the Lakers' bench by acquiring Greg Foster, an aggressive backup power forward and center. Against all odds, with no leverage but demonstrating patience, wisdom and courage, Kupchak emerged from West's giant shadow and significantly improved the Lakers.
March 1, 2008
In assessing the Lakers' dramatic turnaround, it's time to give credit where credit is due: to everyone. Kobe was right for sending strong messages saying he wanted to be a Laker but only if they got one solid player to bring them a championship. Mitch Kupchak was right in believing in the evolving talents of Bynum, Farmar and Vujacic. Also for getting a great player (Gasol), losing little in the short term, and for not trading Kobe because he couldn't get equal value. Buss was right in telling Kobe he was still just an employee and that Buss would do what's best for his Lakers franchise.