Mitch Kupchak Rumors
Mitch Kupchak recently made a comment (on Sirius XM NBA Radio) that he envisions you and D’Angelo Russell being the backcourt of this team for 10-12 years, which is a pretty big statement. What was your reaction? Clarkson: If Mitch believes in us, we’re definitely trying to make that happen. We’ve got to put our best foot forward if he believes in us like that and continue to work hard and put in great effort. Coach Scott ain’t no easy guy to play for, so you’ve got to leave it all on the line when you play for him! So, we’ve just got to work hard and get better everyday and hopefully bring wins to the organization.
The Lakers’ newcomers in Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon were all asked if Bryant touched base with them at all ever since joining the purple and gold. Hibbert shook his head ‘no.’ Williams and Bass continuously stared at Hibbert. Bass soon smiled over the awkward silence. But instead of considering this a red flag in future team chemistry, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak represented one of many who found the incident amusing. “It’s kind of comical and funny to be honest with you,” Kupchak said recently on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Brian Geltzeiler and Rick Mahorn. “It was a good moment in TV. They asked a question and the three players kind of looked at each other and kind of just shrugged their shoulders, ‘No.”
Lakers forward Nick Young recently met with general manager Mitch Kupchak, according to league sources familiar with the situation. It is not entirely clear what Young and Kupchak addressed in their meeting. It is typical for Kupchak to meet with players to discuss both professional and private issues. But the conversation at least left Young feeling comfortable enough that he will enter the 2015-16 season on the Lakers’ roster, according to a source familiar with his thinking.