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  1. Report: Magic to make decision on new GM by end of week

    May 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    First comes the new general manager. Then comes the decision on Dwight Howard. The first part of that decision could come by the end of the week, reports magicbasketballonline.com. A source close to the decision making process within the Orlando Magic organization has informed me that the team is close, and likely to name their…

  2. How about a real Orlando GM target: Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak

    May 24, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    We all had our laugh, time to get serious about the Orlando Magic general manager search. How about this for a start, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com — Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles,…

  3. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  4. Derek Fisher has moved on from Lakers trade, embracing his new role in Oklahoma City

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center on Thursday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first time back since the deadline day deal the Lakers made to trade him away exactly two weeks ago. The return was a triumphant one, with his new team thrashing his old one 102-93, behind strong performances from…

  5. Kobe tells Laker management to clarify Pau Gasol plans

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was almost shipped out to Houston before the season even started in the eventually-killed deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. Last week there was talk of Gasol to Minnesota (an unlikely deal). Sunday came the report that Derrick Rose wants the Bulls to try and get Gasol (because the…

  6. Winderman: Is the general manager with power a dying breed?

    Dec 13, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    Dell Demps

    Has the title of NBA general manager become obsolete? No, we’re not doubting the work, the qualifications or even the input. But it used to be that the general manager essentially stood as the final word on all things basketball, if only because he was the one entrusted to see all, hear all, know all.…

  7. Kupchak says Lakers are “pursuing big deals right now”

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    Mitch Kupchak is not a self promoter, not a guy who likes to see his name in the papers, not a guy who boasts (except about North Carolina hoops now and again). If he says something, he means it. Just like Jerry West, who he learned under (although West was more talkative than Kupchak). So…

  8. Shaq blames exit from Lakers on Kupchak. He’s just wrong.

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    So far, the excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s book (“Shaq Uncut: My Story“) that have gone public have been amusing and opinionated, if a bit loose with the truth. But this latest bit about his exit from the Los Angeles Lakers could not have missed the mark more. It comes from Mark Medina at the Los…

  9. Today’s players more athletic than 20 years ago, but are they better?

    Sep 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

    Nobody in their right mind wonders if Magic Johnson, Dr. J or Larry Bird could compete in today’s NBA. Certain players would succeed in any era. But could the average NBA player from the 1980s compete in the NBA of 2011? Well, let’s make that 2010 because who knows if there will be an NBA…

  10. Brian Shaw tees off on the Lakers over how his non-hiring went down

    Jul 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw has a reason to gripe. He waited and waited for the chance to become the Lakers’ head coach after Phil Jackson retired. He sat through two near-retirements from Jackson. He coached the team when health problems prevented the Zen Master from being able to. He got to know the players, earned their respect…

  11. The reality of all those NBA trade rumors

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    We love talking trade rumors as much as anyone. It’s part of the fun of being a sports fan, talking about potential deals. And rumors were flying about like cabs in New York City leading up to the NBA Draft Thursday. Andre Iguodala to either team in Los Angeles. Lamar Odom to Minnesota or Philadelphia…

  12. Lakers GM: We’re not moving Andrew Bynum. For anybody.

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back at the trade deadline, plenty of Lakers fans were willing to ship Andrew Bynum out the door in a trade. In March, as he has gotten healthy, he has averaged 12.6 points, on 64.2 percent shooting, plus 14.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Now, those same Lakers fans would never dream of moving…

  13. Lakers GM Kupchak calls trade “unlikely”

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    They just lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s inconcievable. So you’d have it right if you thought Lakers fans were talking about trades today. And by talking about we mean obsessing over and demanding. Not going to happen. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said as much at the unveiling of the Jerry West statue outside of…

  14. Do the Lakers have to beat the Spurs tonight?

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Lakers introduction

    If the Lakers lose tonight, there will be full-fledged panic on the part of Lakers fans. You should hear talk radio in Los Angeles today, where the idea of the Lakers trading for Carmelo Anthony is getting serious discussion. (Two quick thoughts here Lakers fans: 1. The Nuggets want draft picks, great young players and…

  15. Lakers owner Jerry Buss shows up to practice, but he’s not worried

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The action — Lakers owner Jerry Buss showing up to watch a team practice for the first time in a couple years — speaks of concern and a guy looking to jump start his team. The words were those of someone not worried in the least. Buss did attend practice and spoke to ESPNLosAngeles’ Dave…

  16. Phil Jackson: Trades? Sure. But don’t expect a big one.

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    No NBA fans can overreact quite like Lakers fans. It’s not like the team has won back-to-back NBA titles with this core group (oh, wait…). They are struggling in January and the GM mentions maybe they should consider a trade and suddenly message boards are filled up with ways to move Ron Artest for Kevin…

  17. Lakers struggles have GM Kupchak thinking trade

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    There’s a feeling in Los Angeles that all the Lakers just need a swift kick in the, um, how shall we say, behind to get playing with a sense of urgency again. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper he was considering just such a kick. “Regarding a trade, I may have to,” Kupchak…

  18. Lakers still expect to sign Shannon Brown, Luke Walton may be out for the season

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Theo Ratliff was introduced to the media today as the newest Laker. He’s excited. Can’t wait to play for Phil Jackson. All the usual stuff. But General Manager Mitch Kupchak gave some far more interesting insight into the Lakers plans with his comments (as reported by the rockin’ official Lakers blogger Mike Trudell): “We’re still…

  19. Winderman: NBA teams already talking with each other about 2010 free agents. Legally.

    May 7, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    The widely accepted notion is that 2010 free agency won’t begin until just after the stroke of midnight July 1, that any mention of a pending free agent who did not finish the season on your roster would bring a swift rebuke from the league office. Uh, not quite. The chatter already has begun among…

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