Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Q&A: No. 7 Draft Pick, Kobe, Coaching Search Reviewed by Momizat on . PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 Kupchak: “Well, I think clearly it will be a longer process for obvious reasons. And, I assume you’re alluding to our last hire, which really t PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 Kupchak: “Well, I think clearly it will be a longer process for obvious reasons. And, I assume you’re alluding to our last hire, which really t Rating: 0
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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Q&A: No. 7 Draft Pick, Kobe, Coaching Search

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Kupchak: “Well, I think clearly it will be a longer process for obvious reasons. And, I assume you’re alluding to our last hire, which really took less than a week. You know, Mike D’Antoni. This process will be considerably longer, for a bunch of different reasons. Number one, we have a lot more time, number two, we don’t really know what our team looks like and there is no urgency right now so it will be a more deliberate process.”

Question: With the coaching search, are there any offensive or defensive philosophies you are looking for in a candidate?

Kupchak: “I wouldn’t use the word philosophy, but we have a player on our team right now who’s proven, in this league offensively, he can score. That certainly is a consideration. Obviously, I’m talking about Kobe. He’s under contract for two more years and we think he’s a very integral part of this team so we have to make sure that whomever we hire as a coach really gets the most productivity out of him. Whether it’s scoring the ball or playmaking or the threat that he may score, is probably a primary importance right now.”

Question: Are there any philosophies that come to mind that would be best for Kobe in these last two years for him?

Kupchak: “What do you mean by philosophies?”

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Question: Just in terms of how he is used offensively?

Kupchak: “Well, we haven’t seen much of him in the last year. He’s been over here working out and he looks good. Over the years his game has changed from really a game where he’s pretty wild and athletic and at times out of control, this is in the early part of his career. And I would say for the last seven or eight years he has become more deliberate and of course he’s gotten a little bit older. And, I think he’s become most effective and I think you’ll see a lot of him posting up. I think you’ll see him with the ball in his hands making plays. Late in games he’ll have the ball in his hands, he’s gonna get a call, he’s gonna make free throws. So you know Kobe today is different than Kobe 15 years ago and I don’t think that’s a secret and I think Kobe knows where on the court he’ll be most effective, whether its playmaking, being a decoy or scoring the ball, and I think we know where those places are.”

Question: On the coaching front, how wide of a net are you casting here? Any chance another team’s head coach could come into play and I ask that in light of the fact that Dave Joerger is going to interview with Minnesota. And then you have seen stuff like Doc Rivers last year, where one team has interested in another team’s coach and things work out. Is that a possibility for you guys?

Kupchak: “Well why wouldn’t it be a possibility? We don’t have a timeline, and if we had a timeline for tomorrow or Friday or the weekend, then I would say that is remote. But I mentioned earlier this is going to go on for at least 2-3 weeks, and I’m not anticipating what you just mentioned being a part of the process, but we’ll just monitor how it plays out with the teams that are out there and see what the playing field provides and make decisions accordingly.”

Question: What are your general thoughts on a player going straight to coaching? Would this person need to have been a head coach before?

Kupchak: “Not necessarily but by my understanding we are leaning towards the type of coach we would want I would say there would be experience involved, certainly at some level. But not necessarily, you know it’s just too early in the process.”

**Thanks to JJ Baccari and Nick Barbarino for assisting with transcription
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  • Julio

    Lakers FO is in serious trouble of losing all credibility and all respect from their own fan base and the players and media in the NBA.It’s just sad that the Lakers FO can’t figure it out.Fans will be begging to fire Mike Dummy before he even coaches a game it’s really not smart for the Lakers to even interview a loser like Mike Dummy.It’s reaching for straws when you bring in a hated man from a 4 year absence from coaching and someone everyone already hates.It’s doom and gloom as long as the Lakers FO remains in power with the same mistakes and the same cheapskate owner Jimmy Buss.If the Lakers are willing to trade the lottery pick and pay some big money i am pretty sure the Bulls would send Coach Thibs over to the Lakers to start the new era of the Lakers.Or maybe the Lakers FO should stop being cheap and start spending on great players and coaches.

    This is a disgrace and unacceptable to see the Lakers FO mess with the Lakers fan base like this.It’s time for them to realize we are not as stupid as they think we are.Stop insulting the Lakers fans intelligence and start building a winner and a fun team to watch.They just don’t care and that’s very sad.Start caring and have some pride and feel the pressure it’s on you Lakers FO make the smart move and hire a eager young coach from college or a assistant coach that is smart and a winner.

    • kungufgrip

      Julio… you are truly a moron. You should consider becoming a Clippers fan so you can jump on the bandwagon.
      1. The Lakers had an exciting team last year. It’s not the FO fault that the entire team became injured. You could argue that the talent we acquired last season over exceeded expectations.
      2. It doesnt matter what coach you hire until you reload the roster. Who cares about Thibidou. You need players first. The chances of them hiring Dunleavy are slim and none. They just started the interviewing process as they have said 10 billion times.
      3. The Lakers traded Bynum (who basically never played again) for a run at Howard. It didnt work out. The team would do the same trade 10 out of 10 times.
      4. If you expect that FO is just going to spend and we will be a title contender next year you are delusional. Its slightly more complicated than that.
      5. Maybe its time for you to realize that you might be stupider then they are when it comes to operating an NBA franchise. Im fairly certain they intend on building a winner. Its obviously just not going to happen this week.

      • Lakers4life

        1. Lakers were so exciting that their TV ratings drop nearly 50%?
        Exceeded expectations? Worst record in franchise history in LA? Oh my.. what were ur expectations?
        2. Hiring the right coach does matter. It helps you bring in free agents.
        3. Getting D12 of course was great. But you have do part 2 of the equation. Retain the free agent! How do you retain star free agents? Hire the best coach possible perhaps? Hire a coach who knows how to coach big men, not just guards?
        4. I think any hope of contending next year went out the window with getting the 7th pick.
        5. The irony of calling someone else stupid…

        • Nexzen

          You realize he said exciting team that got Injured right? If lebron, wade and bosh were injured, Miami’s tv rating would drop too…

  • jack

    Marcus smart anybody?

  • VillainKing

    Draft Marcus Smart at 7th pick Lakers..

  • Alex

    Ettore Messina

  • Alex

    Also strongly consider a coach from overseas his name is David Blatt.My intuition tells me David Blatt will turn the Lakers around into champions if he is hired.But if Lakers don’t want Messina then David Blatt is the guy to get.I said hire Messina because i figured he is much easier to hire and talked to as he is in the states sometimes and he has already worked for the Lakers in the past as a consultant.But yes David Blatt would be the best coaching hire possible for the Lakers but it will be much harder to get Coach Blatt than Messina.But David Blatt is well worth the trouble and money.

  • balous

    Hire Byron Scott. He has taken two teams deep into the playoffs in New Jersey and New Orleans. I don’t think that he got a fair shake in Cleveland because as soon as he got there, Lebron left. So he was left with a bunch of role players. The Lakers fans love him. He has championship experience. He may even have a bit of influence on Kyrie Irving, who is becoming a free agent soon. Scott may be able to get the most of out Kobe and I am sure that the triangle will not be a part of the offense so that satisfies Jim Buss. He has worked with Jason Kidd, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving, so he knows what to expect from a good point guard. Honestly, he is the only well known coach out there that would fit.

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