Interesting take. No doubt the young guns are developing into solid players like none of us could have imagined; at least this fast (ask Kobe). However, there may be a GM up in Boston that disagrees… your take?
Yahoo Sports: Three years ago, when Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak made it clear the team would do whatever necessary to keep Kobe Bryant, I thought he was crazy for not taking the same approach with Shaquille O’Neal.
By publicly dissing the Big Aristotle, Kupchak revealed two things: The Lakers would be going through a rebuilding phase; and, in either Kupchak’s opinion or that of owner Jerry Buss, Shaq’s days as the NBA’s most dominant player were numbered. Shaq then went to Miami and won a championship while announcing along the way that Dwyane Wade was a better player and teammate than Kobe. This naturally made Kupchak look like he needed to be committed to the nearest institution.
Now, however, we realize that Kupchak was right on both accounts. Shaq is sidelined with a hip injury and the Heat have tumbled into last place in the Eastern Conference. As for the Lakers’ rebuilding phase? It seems to be shorter and less painful than expected.
The Lakers are one of the few teams who have been able to rebuild while also staying competitive. Ask the Minnesota Timberwolves about the alternative.
Here’s what Kupchak and the Lakers’ front office has done: