April 28, 2008 |
The first time Mitch Kupchak was mentioned for one of the most glamorous jobs in sports, general manager of the Lakers, he was standing at a urinal. An All-American at North Carolina who became a starting power forward for the Showtime-era Lakers, Kupchak's career was cut short after an injury in 1981 that shattered his left knee. After a limited comeback, Kupchak agreed to move over to the front office in 1986 to serve an apprenticeship under then-general manager Jerry West.
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 12, 2012 |
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have had their fair share of verbal sparring bouts when they were teammates on the Lakers from 1996-2004. According to rapper Nas, who has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, one of basketball stars might be a bit more glib than the other. When asked who is a better rapper, Nas said, "Shaq got that. " "Shaq got a classic hip-hop album," Nas said. "I don't think Kobe got a chance to put out an album.
May 24, 2012 |
According to the pundits, it appears the Lakers need to make some changes in personnel. Here's a look at what has been written about the near future. - -The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Mitch Kupchak's comments that he will look to make changes on the roster. -- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes the Lakers need to make fundamental changes. -- Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick argues the Lakers need to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard. -- CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the Magic want to interview Mitch Kupchak for its open GM job. -- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the Lakers shouldn't keep Bynum.
April 23, 2005
Of all the insults the dismantled Lakers left us this season -- aside from the tough losses of Shaquille, Rudy T, now Vlade to suspension and Lamar to injuries -- the worst affront had to be this week. They lost to the Warriors by 27 points. The Golden State Warriors. Yeah, I know. Hank Rosenfeld Santa Monica I fear that just as John Wooden retired at UCLA and the Bruins have found him irreplaceable with a revolving door of coaches, the Lakers without GM Jerry West may face the same problem.
September 2, 2000
It turns my stomach to picture Isaiah Rider in a Laker uniform. The proudest uniform in sports, the one worn by my heroes, is now a symbol of the win-at-all-costs mentality so prevalent in sports today. Rider can only upset the delicate balance of this championship team, cause friction between Kobe and Shaq and, worst of all, disgrace the uniform I was once so proud of. JOHN CLARKE Laguna Niguel Mitch Kupchak's bold move in signing Isaiah Rider shows that he is not afraid to step out of Jerry West's shadow and make whatever moves are necessary to bring back-to-back championships to Los Angeles.
May 3, 2008
Since it now appears Jerry Buss would like Mitch Kupchak to share credit for the Pau Gasol trade [April 28], how about having Jerry share some credit for obtaining Kwame Brown? Or Smush Parker? Or Vlad Radmanovic? Or is that not in the management handbook? Will Wennerberg Los Angeles According to Steve Springer's article, Jim Buss equally drafted Andrew Bynum, while Jerry Buss initiated the trade with Memphis and all Mitch had to do was make the call. What has Mitch done that he deserves an "A" from Kobe?
November 9, 2012 |
The Lakers will conduct a national search for a coach to replace Mike Brown, who was fired Friday after the team's 1-4 start, barely a month into his second season with the team, which struggled badly amid high expectations. Assistant Bernie Bickerstaff will coach Friday night's game against Golden State but the Lakers soon will begin a search for a long-term replacement. Candidates could include Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Nate McMillan and Brian Shaw. Jackson had not yet been formally contacted by the team as of late Friday morning.
November 12, 2012 |
Former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was sleeping comfortably Saturday night when the phone rang. It was the Lakers. They delivered stunning news. Mike D'Antoni got the job, not him. Jackson told his side of the story in a statement Monday. “Saturday morning, [Lakers executive] Jim Buss called to ask if he could come and visit. I didn't solicit or ask for the opportunity but I welcomed both him and [team executive] Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as head coach," Jackson said.
March 15, 1997
Jim Harrick, former UCLA basketball coach, and Mitch Kupchak, Laker general manager, will be the featured speakers at the Newsmakers Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Pond. The luncheon is open to the public. The cost is $20 and reservations can be made by calling (714) 758-0222. KTLA sportscaster Ed Arnold will be the emcee. * Liz Delgado, a forward for Capistrano Valley, was named most valuable player this season by the Orange County Girls' Soccer Assn.