There aren’t many NBA general managers who can do it like Mitch Kupchak.
Whether it’s pulling off blockbuster trades or securing a role player on the verge of testing the free agency waters, Kupchak has been a busy man for the Los Angeles Lakers since taking over as GM in 2000.
His hard work paid off on Monday night when the Lakers handed him a new, multi-year deal, guaranteeing themselves a return to relevance in the near future.
While the 2013-14 campaign has been a complete disaster, it was far from Kupchak’s fault. Between untimely injuries and terrible coaching, the Lakers have had little time to actually hone their abilities as a team. That’s a big part of the reason why they own one of the worst records in the Western Conference, and are headed for their worst finish in franchise history.
Still, if it wasn’t for Kupchak, the future wouldn’t look so bright.
Kupchak is arguably the best GM in the NBA right now. He’s been a part of four NBA championships with the Lakers, and is a huge part of putting together what is annually a very strong roster for Los Angeles. While there have been some bumps in the road – such as hiring Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson and the Dwight Howard fiasco – it’s clear that the Lakers are in good hands with Kupchak as their GM.
Heck, he’s kept Kobe Bryant happy and productive all of these years, so he’s obviously doing something right.
The Lakers have their work cut out for them this offseason, but there’s little reason to fret. With some cap space set to clear and Kupchak at the helm, it won’t be long before the purple and gold are back to their winning ways. Free agents everywhere will be flocking to jump on the Lakers bandwagon before long.
Stay patient, Lakers fans. It’s been a rough season, but Kupchak will find a way to bring the Larry O’Brien trophy back to L.A. soon.