In a season where nothing seems to be going right for the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak has his say on the troubling season.
The Lakers were expected to cruise through the Western Conference this season challenging for the 17th championship win however the main concern is if they will get to the playoffs at all.
Kupchak has put together a very talented roster over the summer with the additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers were expected to deliver Lakeshow 2.0 this season with an attacking brand of basketball.
Things could not have got off to a worse start, Mike Brown was sacked after just the first five games with a record of 1-4 before Mike D’Antoni was brought in.
The Lakers have continued to not live up to the high expectations that his side set out for at the beginning of the season, much to the amusement of other fans across the country. The latest defeat means the team are three games under .500 and Kupchak spoke to season ticket holders at the Staples Center.
Kupchak showed his disappointment in his team and did not bother to hide away from his true feelings.
“If you have a bunch of cylinders, we’re not running on all cylinders right now,” he said during a Q&A session Sunday morning, before the Lakers fell to 15-18 with a 112-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
He talked about how the biggest problem facing the team is the integration between Pau Gasol and Howard.
“I think Pau continues to struggle to figure out how he’s going to play with this group,” Kupchak said.
“Our coaches are struggling as well. We’re not going to succeed as a team until we figure that out.
“The players that we have on this team are certainly capable of playing lock-down defense. Everybody has to look at the defense… just like the offensive side of the ball. Most guys really, really want to score. In order to be a good defensive team, everybody has to really, really want to play defense and defend.”
A lot has been made in recent weeks following Kobe Bryant’s comments about the team being too old with an average age at 28.
Kupchak said the squad was not too old to compete at the top.
“I don’t think age is a factor, no. That’s an excuse,’ he said.
“I don’t think that’s a factor at all when you look at our team. Young teams don’t win championships. You have to have a good mix of experience and some legs in this business … I don’t think for a second this team is too old to win a championship.”
what ever is said about this current Lakers roster, one thing is for certain it has far too much talent to be sitting at 15-18 but they do not have a lot of time to figure out their identity as we approach the half way mark of the season.