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Mitch Kupchak Says This Season Wasn’t The Most Difficult He’s Endured Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="188"] Mitch Kupchak has been with the Lakers front office for over twenty years, first as an assistant GM before becoming head GM in 2000. [new_royalslider id="188"] Mitch Kupchak has been with the Lakers front office for over twenty years, first as an assistant GM before becoming head GM in 2000. Rating: 0
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Mitch Kupchak Says This Season Wasn’t The Most Difficult He’s Endured

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Mitch Kupchak has been with the Lakers front office for over twenty years, first as an assistant GM before becoming head GM in 2000. During his tenure the Lakers have appeared in seven Finals, winning five championships.

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To say the least, Kupchak hasn’t faced much adversity in his 14 years as a general manager. However, the Lakers just finished their worst season in the franchise’s history since moving to Los Angeles and missed the playoffs for just the sixth time.

Still, Kupchak says he has faced worse during his tenure as general manager, according to Fox Sports writer Rahshaun Haylock:

Lakers general manager doesn’t equate it to the most difficult season he’s endured in his 14 seasons on the job.

“It wasn’t,” Kupchak said.

According to Kupchak, he believes the 2004-05 season was the most difficult, the season after he traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant:

“(2004-05) was a tough year,” Kupchack said. “That was a trying year.”

Although the Lakers suffered through one of the worst seasons in their history during this past year, the 04-05 season offered a widely different set of obstacles. The Lakers had just been shocked by the Detroit Pistons, losing 4-1 in the 2004 Finals leading to drastic change within the organization. Along with the retirement of Karl Malone, Shaquille O’Neal forced a trade out of Los Angeles to Miami, and legendary coach Phil Jackson was let go.

New coach, Rudy Tomjanovich didn’t make it through the season and the Lakers missed the playoffs. However, the Lakers were back in the Finals just three years later after Kupchak brought Pau Gasol in at the 2008 trade deadline.

This past season had its own issues and Kupchak puts most of the blame on the constant injuries that plagued the roster. The Lakers missed the most games with injuries by a staggering number and were without their All-Star Kobe Bryant for all but six games.

Both seasons have proven to be a hiccup in Kupchak’s success as he has helped the Lakers franchise maintain its greatness throughout his duration as GM. With ample cap space and the highest draft pick the franchise has possessed since drafting James Worthy, Kupchak will have the ability to turn around the team once again.
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  • Dre’ Harp

    The Lakers will find a way to get it done. They always have and they always will. They must first get the right coach and then I believe everything else will fall into place. Go Lakers! :-)

    • Trevor Wilson

      Yes new coach please….

    • Josh

      That’s not the way the Lakers do things. Since they’re inception, they have always built a roster first, then brought in a coach to get them to a championship.

  • Daryl Peek

    I have to agree with Mitch. The reason being is there was no true expectations of winning with this years group. 03-04 was tough as the super team underachieved. 12-13 was in the same category if not for the injuries. I always find it much more frustrating when the Lakers have a good team but allow bad team chemistry to ultimately be the cause of failure. 89-90, 02-03, 03-04 & 10-11, these were much more frustrating seasons in recent memory for me. In house bickering and petty personal differences LED to failure with very good squads those years.

  • New Power House

    Having the Mamba on his prime time is a worst year than this one? What an imbecile!

  • Zimmeredge

    The worst is either ahead or behind us. It all depends on How the fo will manage and handle future offseasons.

  • Pelg

    I would bet might life savings that no big name free agents like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant will sign with the Lakers if Mike D’Antoni is still the coach come free agency in 2014 or 2015 or 2016.Nobody that’s a superstar wants to play for that trashy coach.Keeping D’Antoni kills the Lakers chances of getting a top rated free agent.Good riddance.

  • Pelg

    Fire Mike D’Antoni and then hire the right coach then talk about signing players.

  • Jose

    Brace yourselves for a much worse season next season.Kevin Ding is giving Pau Gasol a 9% chance of returning that’s awful and Kaman 10% also Jordan Hill only 3% and Sacre and Kelly a 90% chance of returning to the Lakers.Bad frontline with Kelly and Sacre that’s disgusting.Then Brooks is gone and Ding says Meeks is likely gone because of money.Ding says Kobe,Nash,Marshall,Kelly,Sacre,Bazemore will be back.Wes Johnson is listed at 20% returning so he likely gone.Xavier is a 50% undecided guy.So that sums it up as Ding thinks the Lakers will draft a great player unless they trade the pick which is not for Kevin Love but maybe cash considerations and future picks.Just frustrating and Ding is the most trusted Lakers reporter by far his word is gold and usually always accurate he is a insider like no other the best Lakers reporter ever.D’Antoni is staying according to Kevin Ding.

    • Matt Williams

      Kevin Ding is full of shit. He knows nothing, and his opinion don’t mean donkey balls!! I’d believe in Santa Claus before I believe in Kevin Ding.

  • Glenn Derricotte

    If they wanted to prolong the tank why resign kobe to a big contract? May as well let him go to another team…he wont win here with this coach and will only get pissed or injure himself trying to win with a bunch of scrubs

  • Glenn Derricotte

    I dont care if he was a good coach….you cant keep that type of stink around….look at the knicks…they started with new optimism

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