Mitch Kupchak Rumors
David Aldridge: The second meeting with the Lakers will only involve GM Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott, & will only be about basketball, per source.: 79 more rumors
Brad Turner: Lakers had GM Mitch Kupchak, Coach Byron Scott at meeding. No Kobe Bryant, and no one from Buss family was there, per source.
Bill Oram: Lakers execs, including Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott, on plane now to meet Greg Monroe in DC. Then back to LA to meet w/ DeAndre Jordan.
Most Lakers media members were not immediately aware of his tweet, and Nance Jr. was not asked about it. But the tweet then became viral and the Lakers soon caught wind of it. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he and team spokesman John Black addressed Nance Jr. about his tweet, which has since been deleted. “I’m not in a position to really share information,” Kupchak said after the NBA Draft on Thursday. “But it is something that they will have to discuss amongst the two of them. It’s my understanding that it’s something that happened a few years ago. And in today’s world, things don’t go away, which doesn’t make it any less offensive.”
And while Russell sees a comparison to Curry in his work ethic, it is that sense of charisma where the comparison is clearest. And it’s that kind of charisma that has helped memories of Russell’s 4-of-17 shooting debacle against Mitch Kupchak’s alma mater, North Carolina, fade. Ultimately, it will be the Lakers general manager’s call with the No. 2 overall pick. As Kupchak said, “It doesn’t have to be a consensus. Really, it’s going to be my decision, with the support of ownership.”
Ramona Shelburne: Not an accident we haven’t heard a peep from @Kobe Bryant on Lakers draft/trade/FA scenarios. He’s determined to let Mitch do his thing
Jackson’s presidential stint so far has been viewed as an unmitigated disaster, but he has the fourth pick and $27 million in cap space. “People underestimate what a great evaluator of talent Phil is,’’ Rosen said. “He made the decisions in L.A., not Mitch Kupchak. Phil had to sign off on everything because he knew the triangle better than Mitch. You need a different type of player for it. It’s not necessarily the most talented player.’’
Chandler and Gasol have enjoyed great careers, Brown and Curry not so much. It’s a reminder that betting the franchise’s future on big men is always risky, with the most infamous example coming in 1984 when Hakeem Olajuwon went No. 1, Sam Bowie went No. 2 and the player widely considered to be the best ever in the game was still on the board. A lesser-known blunder from that draft was that 15 teams passed on John Stockton. “You go back to the Olajuwon-Bowie-Jordan draft,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “In years past and maybe even today it makes sense to build around a big, but you don’t want to take a big because it’s a big and pass on the No. 3 pick — which turned out to be Michael Jordan.” Hence, maybe taking a guard the wiser move “It can be argued in today’s game that maybe you should do that,” Kupchak said.
Has anybody said something to you during an interview that made you decide to take him off your board? Kupchak: No. It’s very rare. There are red flags every now and then. As well as a player is coached, if you ask the right questions and you kind of jump around a little bit—unfortunately, kind like a prosecutor with somebody on the stand—you can get a kid to show his true colors. There really are no secrets to the general managers. There’s so much information that comes out about players in this country and in Europe and Asia that we pretty much know if a kid has a problem before he comes into the draft room for an interview. So the representatives, if they’re smart, they tell the kid, “Listen, just tell the truth.”
Mike Trudell: GM Mitch Kupchak and the basketball ops department met with draft prospect D’Angelo Russell over dinner tonight.: 24 more rumors
Larry Brown said he spoke with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak “a number of times.” about Mudiay before the lottery, and then the Lakers ended up with the No. 2 pick. “All of a sudden, boom they got the second pick,” Brown said.