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Lakers Nation Agrees: Mitch Kupchak is the Best GM in LA Reviewed by Momizat on . The LA Times just released their grades for the general managers of Los Angeles' major sports teams: Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Ducks and Kings. With fo The LA Times just released their grades for the general managers of Los Angeles' major sports teams: Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Ducks and Kings. With fo Rating:
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Lakers Nation Agrees: Mitch Kupchak is the Best GM in LA

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The LA Times just released their grades for the general managers of Los Angeles’ major sports teams: Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Ducks and Kings. With four championships and counting, there’s no way the other general managers can compare with Mitch’s success, especially after having to follow in the very large footsteps of Jerry West.

Many considered Jerry West one of the best general managers of all time, as he helped shaped Showtime with Magic and Kareem along with the Shaq and Kobe era with his legendary summer of 96. Mitch has followed up with some of his own memorable moves: getting Gary Payton and Karl Malone in 2004 & trading Shaq for as much as he could in Lamar, Brian Grant and Caron Butler.

But we all know that Mitch Kupchak’s defining moment as general manager has been when he traded Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton and the rights to Marc Gasol to the Memphis Grizzlies for Pau Gasol. That move instantly catapaulted the Lakers from playoff contenders to a championship team that went to the finals 3 out of four years, winning back to back championships in the process.

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  • Capturedbyfire

    Like everybody in Lakerland we were all very skeptical about him but after getting his first Championship as GM, all those doubts went away! Especially keeping Kobe happy while flirted with the thought of jumping ship.

    He did everything he could do without gutting the Lakers and no matter how many people complain about Gasol’s type of play, without Gasol we wouldn’t of had those back to backs, plain and simple.

    One has to see game 7 of the Finals against Boston when Kobe came out flat and Gasol, Lamar and the bench came out to win the game.

    Only bad move that cost us this past season a Championship was trading our young stars in Sasha and Farmar, we could have used their youth and 2 point shooting this year. Blake never did really come through as a consistant shooter, Johnson never actually played any significant minutes to help and Barnes was sidelined with an injury that kept our starters playing more minutes and eventually worn out at the end.

    With the class of 2011 not having many superstar talent, the Lakers 2nd round picks should reap a nice bounty of quality players that should rank with anybody picked in the 1st round.

    New coach and a new system in place, plus the total collapse in the 2nd round should make the Lakers new season a good time as any to start with a new slate.

    Nothing is ever for certain inthe NBA, who would of thought the Mav’s would be a game away from winning a title, especially against Le Bron, Wade and Bosch???

    As for Mitch, I think he’s doing a great job on the biggest stage in sports.

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