The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement with their general manager Mitch Kupchak for him to remain in his position as Lakers GM for the next three seasons. The timing for the extension couldn’t have come at a worst moment in the Lakers history, as they’re currently in dead last in the Western conference with a 25-53 record, and they look like a team that is going to continue to have problems for the next 2-3 years unless they can get a good draft in 2014.
The Lakers have their worst record since the 1958 season, and they obviously won’t be making the playoffs.
The Lakers were trounced by the Houston Rockets by a 145-130 score on the same night that Kupchak’s extension was announced on Tuesday. The extension came with Kupchak heading into his final year of his contract.
Kupchak played for the Lakers from 1981-85. However, he was only briefly healthy for 26 games for the Lakers in 1981 before badly injuring his knee. He then spent from 1981-85 playing rarely due to his knee problems. But Kupchak used that time to learn management from the Lakers general manager at the time Jerry West. In 1986, Kupchak was made the Lakers new general manager, and he’s been in that position ever since.
Lakers coach D’Antoni says Steve Nash’s career may be over
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni dropped a big hint that Lakers guard Steve Nash’s career may be over following the teams’ 145-130 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night at the Staples Center. Nash, 40, suffered a hamstring injury during the game, and the injury is thought to be bad enough to sideline Nash for the remainder of the season. Nash had already missed much of the season with a nerve condition in his back stemming from a leg injury in the 2012 season.
“I don’t think anybody, they can’t tell that,” D’Antoni said to ESPN “He’ll try, I’m sure. A lot of it’s mentally, whether he can do it mentally, because it’s going to take a lot, a lot of work and some luck and then the franchise and the management and Steve will sit down and they’ll make that determination. It’s too bad everything comes to an end, and he’s had a great career.”
Nash has one season left on his contract with the Lakers, and he definitely wants to return to fulfill the contract. Nash is scheduled to make $9.7 million next season, which is excellent money for a player who will likely miss most of the season with reoccurring injury problems.
If the Lakers cut Nash before the start of the season then they’ll be able to save a ton of money. Whether they cut him or not will come down to their belief in his ability to stay healthy. If they don’t think he can make it through a season then they’re likely to pull the trigger at the end of this season and let him go.