O.C. Register: It was appropriate in light of the Lakers’ offseason headaches concerning Kobe Bryant: A bottle of aspirin was sitting on Mitch Kupchak’s desk.
Kupchak, the Lakers’ general manager, discussed the team Tuesday and explained how aggressive he has been in the trade market, though he declined to answer specific questions about Bryant. Since the Lakers’ season ended, Bryant has demanded immediate upgrades to the roster, lobbied for Jerry West to return to front-office power over Kupchak and Jim Buss and asked to be traded.
“I think enough has been said,” Kupchak said of Bryant’s situation.
Despite all styles of conjecture, the Lakers do not intend to trade Bryant, the NBA’s leading scorer the past two seasons, and still hope to make peace with him.
Kupchak was pointed, however, in saying he has been working to find a good move — presumably one that would help appease Bryant and make the Lakers more immediate title contenders.
“I would say we’ve been more aggressive than we’ve ever been,” Kupchak said.