Press Telegram: At 42-10 at the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Lakers have the best record in the NBA and have their general manager, the notoriously guarded Mitch Kupchak, actually glowing about their accomplishments.
“I’m very proud at the way we have responded to the adversity caused by the injury to Andrew Bynum,” says Kupchak. “I know at the time it happened (Jan. 31 against Memphis) in the first quarter, a malaise set in on the team. It was a major blow, and the players were in a sudden state of shock.
“But they came out after halftime, and played terrifically to win that game. And then went on to win four more games on what turned out to be one of the best road trips in the team’s history with six straight victories.
“I realize some of the victories came against teams that aren’t that strong, but the last two came against the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, two of the best teams in the league.
“To do that after losing Andrew shows the character of this team and the tremendous leadership that’s being provided by Kobe Bryant and Derrick Fisher, and also to some degree by Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
“I’m very pleased with where we are, and I think we can continue to play at the same level for the remainder of the season, barring any injuries.”