When you’re a part of the Lakers organization, there is always a legend that you’re compared to or a legacy to live up to. If you’re a player like Andrew Bynum, be prepared to hear about Mikan, Wilt, Kareem, and Shaq. Or if you’re Kobe Bryant, you better understand the history of Baylor, West, and Magic and be prepared to have your accomplishments measured up against theirs. If you’re a coach, even one with as many skins on the wall as Phil Jackson, there are still fans and media members that will talk about the four titles and multiple Finals’ appearances of Pat Riley. And then there’s anyone who holds the title of GM. Jerry West, while a fantastic, once in a generation player for the Lakers, will consistently be remembered as the architect of multiple championship teams. He’s the man that built Showtime, signed Shaq, and had to have Kobe. He’s the man that (seemingly) won every trade, mastered the salary cap, and made the Lakers the preeminent basketball franchise of the past quarter century. So, for Mitch Kupchak, following is these footsteps has not been an easy ride. Ever since he took on the Lakers’ GM position he’s lived in a fifty foot shadow trying fill size twenty five shoes. But today, with the team that he built destined for another deep playoff run and considered a strong favorite to win the title, it’s time for this man to stand on his own and for him to receive the credit he’s earned.