May 31, 2012 |
A season after parting ways with about 20 employees for cost-cutting reasons before the lockout, the Lakers are taking some steps in restoring their staff. The Lakers named Glenn Carraro as the team's assistant general manager after spending last season as both the director of basketball administration for the Lakers and as general manager of the D-Fenders, the Lakers' affiliate in the Development League. The Lakers were without an assistant general manager in the 2011-12 season after they didn't renew Ronnie Lester's contract.
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.
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.
January 10, 2004
Dear Jerry Buss and Mitch Kupchak, It's time to consider the following crucial questions about Kobe and Shaq: Who works harder in the off-season to improve his game? Who plays with more passion, pride and consistency? Who wants to win more? Which one is more clutch? Who will most likely stay healthy in the coming years? Who is years younger? Who is more fun to watch? Who wants to be the best player in the game? And Dr. Buss, whose contract doesn't break the bank and stifle your flexibility for years to come?
July 27, 2002
Holy Jerry West! Sitting at last month's equivalent of an NBA poker party, the NBA draft, and holding a pair of deuces, the 27th pick in the first round, Mitch Kupchak hit the jackpot. Instead of folding his hand and mailing in his pick, Mitch: Acquired an athletic shooting guard, Kareem Rush, who, after his sophomore season in college, was projected to be a lottery pick; Unloaded Lindsey Hunter's salary when he traded the point guard to Toronto in order to acquire the rights to Rush; Obtained from Toronto Tracy Murray, a superb three-point shooter who will strengthen the Lakers' perimeter game; Created enough cap room to sign Devean George to a long-term contract.
January 30, 1986 |
Already short-handed because of Magic Johnson's knee injury, the Lakers find themselves down to only one healthy center for their game against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Coliseum. Mitch Kupchak, the backup center to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, won't play against the Trail Blazers because of a sprained right ankle that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 125-115 victory over Milwaukee Tuesday night at the Forum.