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Mitch Kupchak Says Lakers ‘Could Be’ A Playoff Team

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to bounce back in the 2014-15 NBA season after arguably the worst showing in franchise history last year. After winning only 27 games last season, many believe the Lakers are at the beginning of an extensive rebuilding process that might take some time.

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On Wednesday, one day after officially introducing Byron Scott as the new head coach, GM Mitch Kupchak made an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd. Kupchak was asked if he believed the Lakers would be a playoff team next season and said the following, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With Kobe Bryant coming back 100 percent healthy, the Lakers’ chances of competing in the Western Conference definitely improves. Unfortunately, there’s no telling what the team will get from the superstar after consecutive season-ending injuries.

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Although Kobe’s immediate future is uncertain in terms of production on the floor, the Lakers were able to get some talented young players in the off-season. Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin will be at the core of the rebuilding project in Los Angeles with savvy vets like Kobe, Carlos Boozer, Nick Young and Steve Nash helping bring along these promising young players.

Despite moves made to improve the roster, the Lakers will still have an uphill battle ahead with the West being as competitive as ever. Not only will it be difficult to compete in a strong conference next season, but it’ll be tough in the Pacific Division once again with seemingly every team upgrading over the summer.
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  • comrade24

    It’s going to be an uphill battle for sure, but if they have good chemistry, and can establish a defensive identity I think they can sneak in.

    • Truth B Told

      I don’t think they will sneak in……….They’ll walk in…………Alot of people and some Laker fans have low expectations for this team……Have we got a surprise for you!

      • thegampredicter

        agree

      • Realistic Laker Fan

        New players, a new coach, and a new system compared to the other teams who have been with each other for years now with a few expectations (Rockets,Suns,Mavs). It’s not going to be exactly a cake walk.

        • meep

          the team about 70% the same from last season. lakers just have to work in 5 new players and a new coach. wont be as hard as some might think. i think the team will be fine. playoff team who knows. but as of right now no one really know what this team will do.

          • Stackz43

            They are a playoff team I guarantee we will be 5th or 6th seed at least I can’t wait, I even think Nash will have a break out year just watch this is his last year before retirement just watch Lakers will rise this year

      • Stackz43

        I’m with u I’m glad people are sleeping on us these are NBA players professionals so there just as good as other NBA players you people are killing me let’s go Lakers pick up Beasley let’s gooooo.

  • Badazztj12

    If everyone buy into Scott team defense and play hard every night. I dont see why we can’t sneak in at the 8th. I like how Scott gonna hold everyone responsible for playing defense and if you are doing it wrong he gonna make you sit. That means everyone gonna play hard earn there minutes. We dont need to worry about offense because we already enough offensive players. Putting up points is not a problem

    • Stackz43

      They will I’m sure they wanna win so they will buy into it

  • wangkon936

    If the team “meshes” then it can be… but if it doesn’t 33-35 wins tops.

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  • Baron

    Lets be honest the Lakers are coming off there worst season ever.The expectations are that the Lakers are a team trying to get better and a team that is in rebuild.So probably a 30 to 35 win team according to the media and rival fans.Me a Lakers fan says they win 47 games and grab a playoffs spot.Just me being a optimistic fan though.

    • wangkon936

      It’s happened before. The 1994 season was just 33 wins. 1995 season was 48 wins and #6 berth in the playoffs. Have some faith.

      • cyborgspider

        They were a 5th seed (Rockets won it all at the 6), beat the Sonics in the 1st round and gave the top seeded Spurs a scare :) I remember that season vividly, first year I really got into basketball and the team.

        • Guest

          What’s more, they entered the playoffs having lost seven of eight and were then blown out by the Sonics in Game 1. Then they won three straight to take the series.

      • Guest

        If the Lakers improve by 15 wins this year, that would give them a winning record. Probably not enough to make the playoffs, but would exceed the expectations of many observers and Laker fans.

  • afs

    6th seed very possible, if not 7th or 8th. We’ll have to play well plus hope other teams falter.

  • purp& goldpride

    These “experts” said LeBron would never go back to Cleveland, said Miami would 3 peat, said San Antonio were too old etc….

    In other words, their predictions don’t mean $h*t, because 90% of the time they’re wrong. Especially the.”Lakers haters network” known as espn.

    Go Lakers & I sincerely hope we shock there imbeciles.

  • purp& goldpride

    There must be money to be made in all this Laker bashing. It’s like certain sports writers & networks go out their way to be negative.

  • ra

    It is actually interesting that the CBA was designed to give the league ‘parity’, so that any team can actually compete for the title. (the truth was, they wanted to limit salaries to players, so it doesn’t become like MLB, so, motivated by greed, but .. anyway).

    The result of this has now ‘taken effect’ – we see that the Miami Heat dream of 8 Championships was a bust. LeBron may not necessarily get to the Finals again. The league is ‘actually becoming’ more even. And you know what, this actually bodes well for the Lakers.

    See that the Spurs, an ‘aging’ group of veterans and a collection of ‘Spurs-like’ role players, won the Championship last year. So, the ‘playing field’ is actually being leveled. (and, the Spurs, who are used to Championships, came out on top).

    Now, let’s take into account the Lakers legacy of Championships. With the playing field ‘leveled’, the Lakers are actually in a better position to shoot toward a Championship. Teams are less stacked (yes, including the Lakers). I was personally against the CBA limit, but again, it may work out for the Lakers. This is where ‘management’ has its expertise. Yes, the Buss management legacy, and Mitch Kupchak. They ‘totally understand’ the Championship method from a ‘top view’, and so actually are better poised to get there than other teams, who are not used to that mindset. (Spurs have that mindset, Heat are no longer in that position).

    The toppling of the Heat is evidence that the CBA is now taking effect. So, there may actually not be any more dynasties (like Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, etc.), but I do see that the Lakers may have the best chance out of the ‘playing field’ to get to the Finals several times.

    Our patience has and will pay off. We will be good. I’m hopeful.

    • Realistic Laker Fan

      You’re comparing apples to oranges here, San Antoni has been consistent with Duncan,Parker,Manu, and their hall of Famer coach Pop. They have been playing with each other for 14-15 years that type of chemistry takes years to builds with consistency plus the addition of a young budding star player in Kawhi helps as well as a versatile 6th man in Borris. That’s a one in a lifetime team the only other team that is better is the showtime Lakes.

      • ra

        Yes, San Antonio fared well, precisely because of the reasons you give. They are used to Championships (although, scattered).

        The Lakers are used to Championships too, and have a different style (and, many many more Championships). That kind of expertise is ‘good’ for the Lakers, over other teams, in a league with more parity. I don’t really know if the Spurs can be as good as they are now. They are running on downturns of their players’ careers (the big 3). They don’t have a ‘big 3′ to replace them. Kawhi ‘helps’. Diaw ‘helps’, but they rely on the Big 3 for ‘critical playing’. That won’t last forever.

        Anyway, if you’re looking at ‘patterns’, the Lakers have a tradition of extreme ups and downs. In their ‘up’ times, they have won many many Championships. Their ‘down’ times have been rebuilding.

        Now that there is more ‘parity’ the Lakers have a better chance than we think to compete at a high level.

  • meep

    i believe this team can surprise people. lakers finally have the right coach since phil left and they have a nice group of players. this should be a fun team to watch

  • Tyree Jarman

    Only sure things in my eyes are spurs and thunder…houston took a step back…i think the mavs losing calderon hurts…golden state is still a jump shooting team..and the clippers havent shown championship bball yet..memphis can most deff be had! LAKERS WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS AND HIGHER THAN AN 8 SEED…TRUST THAT!!

    • meep

      the west have good teams but anything can happen.like you said only sure thing is spurs and thunder.

    • Swaggy C

      Very much true! I said this a few weeks ago that the Spurs are still the team to beat. OKC didn’t do anything, but still #2 at best if they stay healthy. Mavs did get a bit better with the addition of Parsons and Chandler, so they are a #3 at best because they have Dirk and Ellis. The Clippers added a great pick up in Hawes, but still very much a 2nd round team. The Rockets loss quite a bit of key players in Asik, Lin, and Parsons, so they sort of downgraded, and could very much lose to any top team like the Spurs, OKC, Mavs, and Portland. The Warriors are still the same, but can’t do much in the playoffs if they aren’t healthy like the past 2 seasons. So that definitely leaves 2 spots left.

      • Tyree Jarman

        People are down because no big splash was made…i guess this is the max player era…but look what the spurs just did! ..and we have a max guy coming back healthy and hungry

  • BREAKING NEWS

    Mitch says lakers COULD BE a playoff team.

  • Chris Shields

    This is either going to be one of the best ‘feel-good’ stories of the season, or a minor train wreck! Either way, I’m on board…GO LAKESHOW!!!!

  • Jim Johnson

    lakers will be fighting for the last spot in their division just as last year. kobe is done stick a fork in him. with his contract sucking the team dry they will never sign a superstar till kobe is gone.

    • nlruizjr

      well, no reason for you to keep watching, is there !!!!!

      • Jim Johnson

        I will be watching the bulls play since I live south of Chicago. derrick rose is a lot like kobe ………getting big bucks to warm the bench.

        • vdogg

          the lakers still have tons of cap space.. even WITH kobe’s contract. get a clue.

          • Jim Johnson

            then how come they didn’t sign anyone good? its either kobe or kobes big contract.

    • SirHambone

      You sound like your about 10 years old. We are the Lakers! We always come back. Stick a for in your A……..

      • SirHambone

        Fork

  • Pata Abdul

    If Nash and Kobe is healthy this coming season. Lakers will surprise the basketball world. We all know how both Kobe and Nash can do, Great leaders and probably two of the greatest player that we’ve seen. They belong.

    • SirHambone

      sorry but nash is done

    • SirHambone

      I am a Laker fan but nash is a liability on defense and a shellof himself offensively!

  • Chiasquare

    Bryon Scott is bringing in the showtime Lakers, and that’s good because Lin is all about showtime (although he denies it at times).

    Unlike Mchale though, if Bryon Scott is really all about the showtime Lakers, he will give Lin the spotlight and allowing him to become a superstar. Mchale never gave Lin that chance. During the first few games of Lin’s first year in Houston, Mchale told him that he doesn’t need him to go for 20 and 10 every night. He wants him to pass a lot!! He told him it’s not about individual accomplishments, it’s team work. Who’s to talk to Lin about individual accomplishments? Lin is all about teamwork!

  • Rasheed

    Coach should bring that mentality, Yes we can!
    day 1: all teams are at zero. Each team will have to prove they are better.

    I don’t want to hear that west is deep.

    There is an African proverb: “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

    and If we think we are the better and can become best with hard work and dedication. With such mentality 1/2 of the battle is already won.

    Such mentality needs to be developed by the coaches and senior players/vets aside from other developmental skills.

    Bottom line: We need players with heart in Lakers land.

  • Mark Machado

    Well you got the SAS,OKC,LAC,GSW, MAVS, HOU.PHX, all off the top of my head that are better than the Lakers even with Kobe back. They were disgraceful last year so I am guessing with upgrades they could be competitive and sneak in the playoffs with the 7th or 8th seed. Either way they are not a championship team.

  • JMKOBE

    sign JoRdan Clarkson! Then start from there! lets go to playoffs

  • kb24

    sneak into 7-8th spot, but dont 4get that feb.20 is still far away, plenty of time to improve our roster from 7-8th spot to 4-6th

  • kb24

    a healthy team especially kobe and nash are crucial, nash averaged 5.7ast and almost 10pts last yr in 20 min., if he can be better than that then we can go 3-8th, most prob port will be 3rd bcoz clips will get more losses now that we are back with a vengeance….okc,sas,port,lac,lal,dal,hou,gsw sleepers are mem,phx and noh

  • Bruce

    you’re in the wrong place man, you just worry about your Clippers

  • delikadesa

    Def btr than rockets

  • Bruce

    get out of here

  • Tyree Jarman

    Melo couldnt even make the playoffs n the east…cp3 got you what so far??? STOP IT…go to the clippers nation site if it exist lol

  • Stackz43

    Dude Is A Hater Why Is He On Laker Nation Anyway shit Doesn’t Say Clip her nation foh haterz

  • independentbynature

    Of course you take trainwreck.You’re a Clipper fan.They’ve always been a trainwreck.Just like their owner.

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