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#1 Tensai

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 08:27 PM

I'm surprised this didn't get any attention.

 

 

 

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Mitch Kupchak has been named president and general manager of the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced Sunday.

 

Kupchak, who won four championships as the Los Angeles Lakers GM, has been the clear focus of owner Michael Jordan's search process to replace ex-GM Rich Cho, whose contract wasn't renewed.

 

"I'm excited to join the Hornets organization, and I want to thank Michael for this opportunity," Kupchak said in a statement. "I am well aware of the passion for basketball in Charlotte and throughout the entire state of North Carolina‎, and I am confident that we can build the Hornets into a successful team that our great fans can be proud of."

 

Kupchak will keep assistant GM Buzz Peterson in a front-office role and ultimately add personnel changes to the management and scouting structure, league sources said.

 

Jordan and Kupchak have a longstanding relationship built around their ties to the University of North Carolina and late coach Dean Smith, for whom both played for.

 

"In every role and in every stop during his tenure in the NBA, Mitch Kupchak has brought the highest levels of success to his teams. He's a proven winner," Jordan said in a statement. "Having won championships as both a player and an executive, we have confidence that Mitch is the right person to lead our basketball operations, build a winning culture and bring sustained success to our organization, for our fans and for the city of Charlotte."

 

Kupchak inherits a capped-out roster that will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive year. Charlotte has a projected payroll of $119 million for the 2018-19 season with every player under contract except Michael Carter-Williams and Treveon Graham.

 

Charlotte's coach, Steve Clifford, has one year left on his contract. Kupchak has a relationship with Clifford from the coach's time on Mike D'Antoni's staff with the Lakers.

 

 

 

Do it Mitch!

 


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#2 GCMD

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 08:47 PM

Good for him.  Wish him all the best.


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#3 lakerfan98

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 08:49 PM

Congrats

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 09:00 PM

Not any easy fix. Capped out, not bad enough for a good draft pick, not good enough to make the playoffs. They'll either remain a perennially mediocre team or blow it up if / when Kemba and Dwight bolt next summer. Plus they'll have Deng's bloated contract on the books once Mitch does right by us and trades for him lol.

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#5 MambaMentality

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Posted April 08, 2018 - 10:26 PM

mitch and dwight, forever connected.

 

Not any easy fix. Capped out, not bad enough for a good draft pick, not good enough to make the playoffs. They'll either remain a perennially mediocre team or blow it up if / when Kemba and Dwight bolt next summer. Plus they'll have Deng's bloated contract on the books once Mitch does right by us and trades for him lol.


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Posted April 09, 2018 - 12:10 PM

So he’s retiring to Charlotte North Carolina.


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Posted April 09, 2018 - 02:07 PM

This is lakers news ?
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#8 FranklinPeanuts

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Posted April 09, 2018 - 02:40 PM

Nah.

Good luck to him aleoyher way.

Trade us Malik Monk for Deng Mitch!!!
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#9 Tensai

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Posted April 10, 2018 - 05:12 AM

This is lakers news ?

 

As much as any other Lakers 'legend' deserves.


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#10 Miggs

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Posted April 10, 2018 - 08:20 AM

As much as any other Lakers 'legend' deserves.

you called Mitch lakers legend lmao
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#11 Tensai

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Posted April 10, 2018 - 09:34 AM

He is as memorable as they come for a person that gave his 35 years to Lakers.

 

You can stop whining now and let the people in charge to decide if the thread is worth a Laker news or not.


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Posted April 10, 2018 - 10:14 AM

I'm surprised this didn't get any attention.

 

 

 

 

 

It got plenty of attention.  I think you were just distracted by your disdain for Paul George.  ^_^


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Posted April 10, 2018 - 10:14 AM

So he’s retiring to Charlotte North Carolina.


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Lower taxes.  :mellow:


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Posted April 15, 2018 - 04:57 PM

In Mitch They Trust!!!



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Posted April 16, 2018 - 06:01 PM

good for the hornets! 


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