Mitch had his presser, here is some highlights via twitter and then I'll send you a link to the page
MITCH KUPCHAK PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
At the Lakers facility waiting for Mitch Kupchak to address the press. Good to see @mikepenberthy on the court working w/ the guys
Mitch Kupchak enters the full press room: "Oh, this is a treat!"
Kupchak: "With the exception of Kobe, we expect everybody to be able to participate in (the first) practice"
Kupchak said that Pau, Steve Nash and Ryan Kelly might have some limitations at the start of training camp as well
Mitch on Kobe: "No real expectations. I do believe he'll get back and he'll play this season ... You won't be able to tell (he was hurt)"
Mitch on Kobe: "There have been no contract extension talks ... I would suspect sometime this season we'll sit down"
Mitch was asked about Kobe potentially taking a paycut in the future. He declined to answer, saying he would not negotiate in the press
Kupchak: "Excitement is high. It's a fun time of year for our team"
Kupchak said Nash has been at 100 percent for the last 6 weeks or so, but they will limit him in camp to avoid overworking him
Kupchak on Pau Gasol: "If he's healthy, he's going to be an All-Star player"
Fourteen minutes into the presser and Kupchak makes his first mention of "Dwight"
Kupchak said he hasn't seen Kobe on the Lakers practice court all summer, but joked he has suspicion he's playing at some other gym
Mitch Kupchak does not sound like someone who expects to have Kobe Bryant in the lineup on opening night
Mitch Kupchak on recruiting: "Kobe is not going to play to try to lure players to Los Angeles, he's going to play to try to win games"
Mitch Kupchak echoed previous remarks that it's not just about the summer of 2014 in free agency, it's about the summer of 2015 and beyond
Mitch Kupchak on when Kobe will return: "There is no timeline"
Kupchak said that if KB is still out to start the season, D'Antoni would be smart to get to know KB to manage the force that is "Coach Kobe"
Mitch Kupchak on Shaq becoming a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings: "I'm glad I'm not DeMarcus Cousins, I'll tell you that"
Kupchak said that there is plenty of incentive for all the Lakers' players on one-year contracts this season to earn long-term deals
Kupchak on the 2014 draft: "It's a good year to have a (first round) pick"(which they have)
Kupchak on Steve Nash: "We're not expecting 35 minutes a game for Steve" ... He mentioned Farmar/Blake to create PG by committee
Kupchak on D'Antoni: "We try to give him all the support we can ... He has to realize, and I'm sure he does, that we back him 100 percent"
When addressing Ryan Kelly, proud UNC alumnus Mitch Kupchak referred to Duke as "that school"
NEW STORY: Mitch Kupchak says the Lakers season will go as Kobe goes and Bryant's return is still unknown
FULL STORY OF THE ABOVE HERE: http://espn.go.com/l...e-bryant-return
I'll post more as it comes and if a video comes out I'll post that here as well.
Will be coverted likely on Access Sportsnet: Lakers tonight.
New Episode of Backstage Lakers at 5:00 PST!!!
Should be a fun day
Edited by Majesty, September 25, 2013 - 03:26 PM.