Tag: Mitch Kupchak

Lakers Waive Metta World Peace Under Amnesty Provision

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14-year veteran, fan favorite and NBA bad boy Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace has been officially waived by the Los Angeles Lakers under the new CBA amnesty provision, in a statement released by GM Mitch Kupchak earlier this morning. It was expected that the Lakers would amnesty World Peace, given their current luxury tax woes, but for fans of the Lakers it is a hard player to say goodbye to. Not only his on court antics, but his social media quips and tireless charity work are all things that fans of the Lakers will miss dearly.

Read the statement by Mitch Kupchak below:

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Howard To Forge New Path, As The Lakers Pick Up The Pieces

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Dwight Howard is a Houston Rocket. It was always going to happen that way, and on Saturday it became a reality. The ex-Magic and now Lakers big man flew from Aspen, Colorado back to Los Angeles to inform Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak of his decision to part ways with basketball’s most storied franchise for a new start in Texas alongside James Harden at the Rockets. Through a maze of hearsay, controversy and what at times felt like a circus, Dwight Howard made his final decision, and finally can be at peace with his choice in a place where he feels he can truly be happy.

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A Season Gone Begging

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After being beaten in 5 games in the 2011-2012 season the Lakers organisation appeared hell bent on change. A franchise that thrives on being number one had for the second year, been booted out of the playoffs in the second round.

And so it began.

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Kupchak “Still Positive” About Re-Signing Dwight Howard

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Despite all the rumors surrounding Dwight Howard’s free agency on July 1st, Lakers’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak has again spoken out about his positive outlook surrounding the game’s number one center and his future. Speaking with  Lakers.com reporter Mike Trudell earlier today, Kupchak explained that while Howard has earned the right to explore free agency, and speak with other teams, he still expects to be able to convince Dwight that Los Angeles is the place for him.

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Phil Jackson on D’Antoni Hiring: “I Laughed”

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Earlier today on ESPN’s Mike And Mike In The Morning 11-time championship coach Phil Jackson alluded to his reaction when he was told by Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak that he would not be re-hired by the Lakers in favor of ex Suns/Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. It was almost a given that Jackson would return to the head coaching role left open by the recently fired Mike Brown, and no one expected the complete 180 Lakers management did that night. Calling Jackson at midnight to inform him that D’Antoni was the right man for the job over Jackson, considering the current roster including Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Phil had kept quiet about the incident for the duration of the season, with many fans calling for Mike D’Antoni’s head and the ever present chant of “We Want Phil!” echoing around the Staples Center on a nightly basis. Even then he kept quiet. But on the eve of the release of his new book Eleven Rings: The Soul Of Success, Jackson has become more vocal about a number of topics, including that of the choice to hire D’Antoni.

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Dwight Howard’s Message To Lakers Nation; Where To From Here?

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After yesterday’s embarrassing loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and his untimely ejection from the game early in the third quarter, and what appeared to be a confrontation with GM Mitch Kupchak (later dismissed) Lakers center Dwight Howard finally opened up to the world via Twitter in an attempt to rectify what he felt to be one of the most disappointing seasons of his career. Howard, widely regarded as the league’s best center, was ejected from yesterday’s game following his second technical foul for questioning the officials non-call after what he believed to be a hard foul. In the midst of all this, the Lakers were down by 20 points and Dwight being ejected at this point essentially spelled a loss before the game was even over, and the end of the 2012/13 Lakers season.

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One Day In L.A: How The Dynamics Of The Los Angeles Lakers Rest On One Man’s Shoulders

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It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers have built their franchise on risk taking and money spending. From the showtime era to the current…well… not so showtime era, the Lakers have always been happy to spend the extra money, and take the extra risk to ensure that silverware returned to the city. This ethos has paid off for the Lakers time and time again, but now, they face a whole new risk and as of 3PM (US EST) today, they officially handed over the reigns to a man who now has the club, and the people of LA eating out of the palm of his hand and bowing to his every need. The Lakers are now at the beckon call of Dwight Howard and if this team is to succeed in the near future, it is imperative that they do all they can to keep him. I have argued, as have many, that the Lakers, in order to remain top dog should trade Howard as the risk of losing him to free agency for nothing is too great a risk to take.  If he leaves, the Lakers are left with nothing but a memory of the year that could have been, but wasn’t. They however, do not feel the same way. The trade deadline has come and gone and as Mitch Kupchak stated would be the case, Dwight Howard is still very much a Laker and he will be until July 1st 2013. Beyond that only he knows but now, he can dictate his way around the Lakers organization just as he did Orlando. He can direct to his taste the offense, the defense, the coach, the players. Everything.

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Ramon Sessions Declines Player Option; Will Become Unrestriced Free Agent

This morning the Los Angeles Lakers released information surrounding Ramon Sessions and his decision to opt out of a $4.5 million player option available to him which would have seen the point guard remain at the Lakers for at least one more season. The Lakers acquired Sessions from Cleveland mid-season in the hope of improving their speed and efficiency problems at the point. The deal saw veteran guard Derek Fisher leave L.A. for Oklahoma via Houston, along with Jason Kapono, Luke Walton and a 1st round draft pick. This morning, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak announced while Sessions would test free agency from July 1st, it was not set in stone as to whether or not he would remain a Laker.

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