Maybe Kupchak knows what he’s doing after all

Text messages from press row: Lakers GM deserves credit for drafting Andrew Bynum two years ago and then resisting the urge to trade him.

L.A. Times: For a guy from Hicksville, maybe Mitch Kupchak isn’t the brain-dead numskull that some Lakers fans have made him out to be. . . .

The Lakers general manager — birthplace: Hicksville, N.Y. — deserves credit for rolling the dice by drafting 17-year-old Andrew Bynum two years ago and then resisting the urge to trade him before he reached his potential. . . .

BTW, although Bynum already is nearly a quarter of the way through his third NBA season, only five NBA players are younger than the Lakers center, who won’t be of age to legally buy brandy for his eggnog until October. . . .

In addition to Bynum’s teammate, rookie Javaris Crittenton, the younger-than-Bynum club includes rookies Kevin Durant of the Seattle SuperSonics, Spencer Hawes of the Sacramento Kings and Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as sidelined No. 1 pick Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers. . . .

Chinese rookie Yi Jianlian of the Milwaukee Bucks was born the same day as Bynum, Oct. 27, 1987. . . .

Bruce Bowen, the 36-year-old former Cal State Fullerton forward who will line up against Kobe Bryant when the defending champion San Antonio Spurs play the Lakers tonight at Staples Center, is the NBA’s oldest starter. . . .

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  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    Did this guy just use ‘BTW’ in an article for the Los Angeles Times???

  • xxv112002

    See I told yall Mitch is right about not trading Bynum. He sees the dominance in this kid. The Buss family sees it. There’s always a dominant center in all championship Lakers teams. And Kidd isnt the one to bring us to the promise land. We now need a “bad guy” on our team that can change our teams “personality”. Be it Ron Artest or Trevor Ariza in the future. Hope we can get Elton Brand next year. Hopefully he opts out and takes a salary cut for 2-3 years cos thats what we can afford right now so lets all write to Santa this year. Ima go to the mall tomorrow to talk to him. Haha. GO LAKERS!!!

    Bynum for All Star 2008 Bandwagon. Lets get it on!

    -BlackMamba24
    55-win bandwagon member

  • lakerfan81

    hzm. Thats pretty funny and shotty journalism. I think thats the first time I have ever seen BTW not in blog.

  • KB0824

    But Mitch has also done a lot of stupid things and those stupid things outweigh him doing good for this organization by drafting Bynum.

    Top 2

    1. Letting Butler go for a potenial-less Kwame

    2. Trading Shaq ( a dominant superstar) for WHO (my point exactly), at best decent players.

    I wish it was OUR GM but give credit where credit is deserved and that is to all the teams that did trades with LA any got the benefit (Miami, Washington)

  • DCLAKER

    It was never Mitch’s fault in the first place,t was ALL JIM BUSS.SORRY MITCH(he was straight up handcuffed).

  • ab4sure

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    So you told lakernation Mitch was right in not trading Bynum??? I find that hard to believe, but am willing to listen. What article did you write this that the lakers should keep Bynum????? and hopefully it was way before the season started.

  • ab4sure

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    I agree in hindsight butler for Kwame has been a mistake, but it did make sense then because bigs are so hard to find and draft because they come around so rarely and you have to have one of the top picks like portland who got oden.

    As far as the Shaq trade that has been known as a Firesale and they had to do that quickly so that kobe would resign with the lakers. If they kept Shaq, you would never have kept Kobe. Who would you have chosen??? Shaq or Kobe I think the lakers made the right choice in choosing kobe.

  • xxv112002

    “So you told lakernation Mitch was right in not trading Bynum??? I find that hard to believe, but am willing to listen. What article did you write this that the lakers should keep Bynum????? and hopefully it was way before the season started.”

    -Yes waay before the season started and sorry im too lazy to search for old posts. Here in Lakernation and La Times Blog. And I know that some of the peeps in here started in LA Times.

  • ab4sure

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    I never saw anyone saying that so I just can’t believe it. If you could find the post then people would believe you otherwise your just jumping on the Bynum bandwagon.

  • xxv112002

    “I never saw anyone saying that so I just can’t believe it. If you could find the post then people would believe you otherwise your just jumping on the Bynum bandwagon.”

    -Sure buddy. What are you, a lawyer? A detective? Who are you to say you are the only one here that havent seen my post? I might be guilty I dont post much on here or at LA Times blog. But I do post when there’s an important topic that needs to be resolved. Look, you might not have seen my old post/posts. But dont assume anything. Cos you know what it makes you. And for the ones that have seen my posts, they know.

    -BlackMamba24
    55-win bandwagon member
    (hint)

  • ab4sure

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    Funny you conveniently say you are lazy enough not to back up your words by finding your post. Maybe you should just follow Kobe’s lead and admit you were wrong about Bynum.

  • xxv112002

    LOL O. K. And good luck in being the 2007-2008 hater extraordinaire. You got my vote.

  • LakersFirst

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    1. Yes, the Caron Butler for Kwame trade definitely backfired but at the time it was a good thought. Remember Caron was entering his last year as a Laker. The Lakers said they were NOT going to resign Carson because he played the 3 and they already had LO who was going to play the 3 so the Lakers needed a 4. Kwame Brown was traded to the Lakers to be their power forward. Unfortuntately Kwame Brown could not play the 4 and had to be moved to the 5, which is he is more comfortable with (he’s closer to the rim).

    2. With regards to Shaq, AB4Sure is correct, the Lakers had to quickly trade Shaq because Kobe was a free agent that summer. Kobe was not going to resign with the Lakers if Shaq was still on the team and the Lakers wanted to keep Kobe (remember Kobe was seriously considering signing with the Clippers or the Bulls). Because Shaq was going to opt out of his Laker contract the following year (remember, in the summer of 2005, Shaq would have been able to opt out of his Laker contract because Jerry Buss had already stated that he wasn’t going to extend Shaq’s contract and pay him $30M/year, Jerry offered him 22.5M/year as an extension, Shaq said no), the Lakers did not want to lose Kobe to free agency in 2004 and have Shaq opt-out in 2005. In other words the Lakers did NOT want to be both Kobe-less and Shaq-less so they quickly traded Shaq and resigned Kobe. Also, Shaq had a no-trade clause, meaning he could void any trades, so it was very difficult to trade him and get equal value.

  • ab4sure

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    Do you go by blackmamba24 too???

  • Newtdog

    ab4sure…there were quite of few people who said they wanted to keep Bynum, myself included. I don’t see why anyone would have wanted to trade him, he had tons of potential, and you cant teach size. But obviously there were an overnumbering amount of people who said they wanted him gone.

  • drake hunter

    AB4SURE is Bynum’s BIOTCH!!!….LMAO!!!!!!! Tryin to be a ghetto lawyer with all these rebuttles!!!

  • ab4sure

    Very few wanted to keep bynum. This guy Drake still wants to trade Bynum for JO. What an ignorant person. HOw do you like Bynum NOW Snake the Drake??? Still wanna trade him for JO??? LMAO… last

  • e

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    damn ab4sure…why are you so harsh? calm down man, i always see u posting stuff targeting ppl…we’re all hear for the same purpose

  • ab4sure

    e, i think you need to chill out. Did I use bad language or put somoneone down??? Lighten up and fight your own battles because your the one needs to chill.

  • e

    wutever u say ab4sure…so tell me, whats ur opinion on jkidd coming to the lakers if a tangible trade can happen?

  • ab4sure

    whatever i say??? glad you see it my way, lol, jkidd is too expensive now, maybe we can get him when it is a firesale, like when we had to trade Shaq.

  • e

    yeah i agree with that…i have a feeling the nets will try to gut us even tho they’re not in any position to do so…i think maybe we should look to get a big body inside first