Let me quote myself
from my article written on June 3, 2003
So yes, the former champions have been dethroned. Give your props to San Antonio, but more importantly, give your props to Kupchak. Yes, Kupchak, as in Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers General Manager. From what I am hearing, people are really blaming him for this yearâ€™s playoff loss. Why so much hatred? He kept the core of the team together, and kept the role players entwined.
He owed it to the team to keep them in tack. If Horryâ€™s Game 5 buzzer beater is one inch shorter, Kupchak is still probably a geniusâ€¦right? They deserved the chance to stay together, win, lose or draw.
Now, he will bring in the youth, athleticism, and the firepower we need. Donâ€™t blame him, he didnâ€™t tear the core apart, he kept the Lakers together, and as you have all seen, weâ€™ve started an extremely successful dynasty.
Thank you doubters, I knew all along