Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby emplay on Wed May 29, 2013 3:56 pm

Hey all,

Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby lotus on Wed May 29, 2013 5:04 pm

He just needs to pick Houston or Golden State and then go get his championship.
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Postby OX1947 on Wed May 29, 2013 6:23 pm

So in other words, human's need air to breath. Thanks for the update.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby noobiew on Wed May 29, 2013 11:42 pm

Anyone read the latimes article from Mitch ?

"We got beaten in the first round and that's not our goal," Kupchak said. "We've got some work to do. We've have some challenges in the off-season. We look forward to it and we think we're going to have a good team next year."


"We got some work to do and next year we're going to have a good team ?" Hmm, sound like Mitch gonna waves his magic-wand again, expect some roster change and upgrade delivered from Mitch in the offseason, hurray !

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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby Lakeshow24 on Thu May 30, 2013 1:13 am

The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri May 31, 2013 12:17 am

Lakeshow24 wrote:The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:

Come on... we can't lose faith/hope just yet. Not fair to Kobe and Mitch for the amount of work they put in and all the times they have delivered
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 9:16 am

Battle Tested20 wrote:
Lakeshow24 wrote:The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:

Come on... we can't lose faith/hope just yet. Not fair to Kobe and Mitch for the amount of work they put in and all the times they have delivered

Besides, the Lakers aren't the only ones playing this slow. Phil and Jeanie are too. Max and Marcellus talked about it yesterday and I actually agreed with them for once.

Phil and the Lakers can take it slow and flirt for a while before putting their foot into this shoe. If D'Antoni gets off to a bad start, they'll call up Phil immediately. If the Lakers have an underwhelming but fairly successful season next year they'll call up Phil in the summer. Then they'll move forward with this plan that we all want now.

Unfortunately they have money already put into the D'Antoni plot and the Nash experiment. Money they can't just waive for no reason. So we'll have to stick this out, see if they can't get lucky, and then be patient for Phil and Co. in a few months.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 31, 2013 9:30 am

lotus wrote:He just needs to pick Houston or Golden State and then go get his championship.


:man10: You forgot that powerhouse down in Atlanta.....

If he leaves for GS we'll all know it's not about championships.....
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby VincentTH on Fri May 31, 2013 10:47 am

therealdeal wrote:
Battle Tested20 wrote:
Lakeshow24 wrote:The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:

Come on... we can't lose faith/hope just yet. Not fair to Kobe and Mitch for the amount of work they put in and all the times they have delivered

Besides, the Lakers aren't the only ones playing this slow. Phil and Jeanie are too. Max and Marcellus talked about it yesterday and I actually agreed with them for once.

Phil and the Lakers can take it slow and flirt for a while before putting their foot into this shoe. If D'Antoni gets off to a bad start, they'll call up Phil immediately. If the Lakers have an underwhelming but fairly successful season next year they'll call up Phil in the summer. Then they'll move forward with this plan that we all want now.

Unfortunately they have money already put into the D'Antoni plot and the Nash experiment. Money they can't just waive for no reason. So we'll have to stick this out, see if they can't get lucky, and then be patient for Phil and Co. in a few months.



Problem is we are going to see the Mike Brown fire scenario plays up one more time, this time with another coach interview on the phone and the midnight phone call in the middle of the night again. Wonder who may be this time, Mike Dumblevy? and then the usual excuses "No Training Camp", "Kobe got hurt" and "Team slow to gel" etc....

Why not just bite the bullet and let Phil has a summer to gather his staffs and a training camp to teach and train the Triangle, instead of Pringle wasting precious time!
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 11:03 am

VincentTH wrote:Problem is we are going to see the Mike Brown fire scenario plays up one more time, this time with another coach interview on the phone and the midnight phone call in the middle of the night again. Wonder who may be this time, Mike Dumblevy? and then the usual excuses "No Training Camp", "Kobe got hurt" and "Team slow to gel" etc....

Why not just bite the bullet and let Phil has a summer to gather his staffs and a training camp to teach and train the Triangle, instead of Pringle wasting precious time!

Money. We have money already tied up in D'Antoni and it'd be a fool who didn't at least try to let this money give you some kind of production. Or give the money a chance to get there anyway.

And we wouldn't hire a stop-gap coach again. We'd move forward with either a Phil disciple or just allow one of the assistant coaches be head coach for a while. This is where it'd be nice to have McMillan on staff.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby lotus on Fri May 31, 2013 1:50 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
lotus wrote:He just needs to pick Houston or Golden State and then go get his championship.


:man10: You forgot that powerhouse down in Atlanta.....

If he leaves for GS we'll all know it's not about championships.....

With Houston trying to trade to free up cap space, it sort of looks like he will go there.

My only reservation about this happening is that, no offense to anyone living in Houston, but I've been there and my god and I can't see why anyone would want to live there unless that were your home town.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby VincentTH on Fri May 31, 2013 2:03 pm

therealdeal wrote:
VincentTH wrote:Problem is we are going to see the Mike Brown fire scenario plays up one more time, this time with another coach interview on the phone and the midnight phone call in the middle of the night again. Wonder who may be this time, Mike Dumblevy? and then the usual excuses "No Training Camp", "Kobe got hurt" and "Team slow to gel" etc....

Why not just bite the bullet and let Phil has a summer to gather his staffs and a training camp to teach and train the Triangle, instead of Pringle wasting precious time!

Money. We have money already tied up in D'Antoni and it'd be a fool who didn't at least try to let this money give you some kind of production. Or give the money a chance to get there anyway.

And we wouldn't hire a stop-gap coach again. We'd move forward with either a Phil disciple or just allow one of the assistant coaches be head coach for a while. This is where it'd be nice to have McMillan on staff.


I don't think money is the problem with the Time Warner TV deal. In addition, you don't want to risk alienating your Season Ticket Holders with another year of Pringles and the same excuses you have to give next year.

I am hoping that Shaw will be our coach once the Pacers are eliminated with Phil serving as an advisory role to the coaching staff, if a FO position is something that the Baseball Cap Boy cannot swallow. Pipe Dream I know, but I have really lost faith in the Lakers ability to choose a coach that can take them to the next level.
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Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 2:21 pm

Then you haven't been through past experiences with other coaches. We've had some great success as a franchise, but we haven't always found great coaches. This isn't anything new.

Your dream may come true, but I don't think it comes true this summer. Money is always a factor. Especially since the kids are still working out how to move forward without Dr. Buss. Money is definitely an issue.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby Lakerjones on Fri May 31, 2013 2:30 pm

VincentTH wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
VincentTH wrote:Problem is we are going to see the Mike Brown fire scenario plays up one more time, this time with another coach interview on the phone and the midnight phone call in the middle of the night again. Wonder who may be this time, Mike Dumblevy? and then the usual excuses "No Training Camp", "Kobe got hurt" and "Team slow to gel" etc....

Why not just bite the bullet and let Phil has a summer to gather his staffs and a training camp to teach and train the Triangle, instead of Pringle wasting precious time!

Money. We have money already tied up in D'Antoni and it'd be a fool who didn't at least try to let this money give you some kind of production. Or give the money a chance to get there anyway.

And we wouldn't hire a stop-gap coach again. We'd move forward with either a Phil disciple or just allow one of the assistant coaches be head coach for a while. This is where it'd be nice to have McMillan on staff.


I don't think money is the problem with the Time Warner TV deal. In addition, you don't want to risk alienating your Season Ticket Holders with another year of Pringles and the same excuses you have to give next year.

I am hoping that Shaw will be our coach once the Pacers are eliminated with Phil serving as an advisory role to the coaching staff, if a FO position is something that the Baseball Cap Boy cannot swallow. Pipe Dream I know, but I have really lost faith in the Lakers ability to choose a coach that can take them to the next level.


^^ Me, too. It's a crazy dream and it's very doubtful obviously. Still we have every right not to have faith in the front office's ability to choose an appropriate coach. Last I checked Jim was 0 for 3. We've been over this ad nauseam but Rudy T was a bust and he at least had championships under his belt. Brown was an utter and complete failure and we had the opportunity to get either Shaw or Adelman, either one of which would have been a much better fit. Then we follow it up with Mike 'Antoni when we could have had Phil or even Sloan or McMillan if they actually bothered to call those guys up. It's embarrassing that we're still even discussing this. Does anyone on the planet actually believe that Mike D' Antoni deserves to be here any more? On top of it, his remaining here is the biggest issue in Dwight possibly leaving. This just seems asinine.
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Postby abeer3 on Fri May 31, 2013 2:31 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
lotus wrote:He just needs to pick Houston or Golden State and then go get his championship.


:man10: You forgot that powerhouse down in Atlanta.....

If he leaves for GS we'll all know it's not about championships.....


I doubt he wins one in any of those places, but his best bet would be in Atlanta with paul as opposed to in Houston with harden.

still think his best shot, long term, would be staying put. short term, he could go to Houston and hope for major injuries to okc, SA, and Miami.
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Postby Rooscooter on Fri May 31, 2013 3:09 pm

abeer3 wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:
lotus wrote:He just needs to pick Houston or Golden State and then go get his championship.


:man10: You forgot that powerhouse down in Atlanta.....

If he leaves for GS we'll all know it's not about championships.....


I doubt he wins one in any of those places, but his best bet would be in Atlanta with paul as opposed to in Houston with harden.

still think his best shot, long term, would be staying put. short term, he could go to Houston and hope for major injuries to okc, SA, and Miami.


The more he talks about happiness the more I think he's looking for a place to hide from expectation.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri May 31, 2013 3:36 pm

therealdeal wrote:
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Lakeshow24 wrote:The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:

Come on... we can't lose faith/hope just yet. Not fair to Kobe and Mitch for the amount of work they put in and all the times they have delivered

Besides, the Lakers aren't the only ones playing this slow. Phil and Jeanie are too. Max and Marcellus talked about it yesterday and I actually agreed with them for once.

Phil and the Lakers can take it slow and flirt for a while before putting their foot into this shoe. If D'Antoni gets off to a bad start, they'll call up Phil immediately. If the Lakers have an underwhelming but fairly successful season next year they'll call up Phil in the summer. Then they'll move forward with this plan that we all want now.

Unfortunately they have money already put into the D'Antoni plot and the Nash experiment. Money they can't just waive for no reason. So we'll have to stick this out, see if they can't get lucky, and then be patient for Phil and Co. in a few months.

Phil's not coming back to coach. How many times does he need to say it before people actually understand what he is saying. Lakers or his Dream team Bulls Teams he's not coming back to be a head coach. lol Can we please stop it.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak expects Dwight Howard to explore opportunities

Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 7:14 pm

Battle Tested20 wrote:
therealdeal wrote:
Battle Tested20 wrote:
Lakeshow24 wrote:The Lakers' front office is living in denial. Unfortunately they are so stubborn they don't want to entrust the successful true Lakers, ahem Phil Jackson and his staff, to advise on players and the like. This is going to be a long and sad end to Kobe's career. . . unfortunately. :bang:

Come on... we can't lose faith/hope just yet. Not fair to Kobe and Mitch for the amount of work they put in and all the times they have delivered

Besides, the Lakers aren't the only ones playing this slow. Phil and Jeanie are too. Max and Marcellus talked about it yesterday and I actually agreed with them for once.

Phil and the Lakers can take it slow and flirt for a while before putting their foot into this shoe. If D'Antoni gets off to a bad start, they'll call up Phil immediately. If the Lakers have an underwhelming but fairly successful season next year they'll call up Phil in the summer. Then they'll move forward with this plan that we all want now.

Unfortunately they have money already put into the D'Antoni plot and the Nash experiment. Money they can't just waive for no reason. So we'll have to stick this out, see if they can't get lucky, and then be patient for Phil and Co. in a few months.

Phil's not coming back to coach. How many times does he need to say it before people actually understand what he is saying. Lakers or his Dream team Bulls Teams he's not coming back to be a head coach. lol Can we please stop it.

Did I say he was coming back to coach? Did I say that anywhere in that post?
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri May 31, 2013 9:23 pm

^^ I'm sorry I'll admit I didn't read your entire post. :man10:

I read
Phil and the Lakers can take it slow and flirt for a while before putting their foot into this shoe.
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Postby therealdeal on Fri May 31, 2013 10:49 pm

No problem. I got a little testy there, so I apologize as well.

I'm saying we give Phil a call and have him come in as the guy he wants to be. Then implement his coaching changes the way he is clearly planning.
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Postby karacha on Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:01 am

It's clear that Phil wants a front office job. I'm 95% sure he'd bring Shaw and Rambis back. But yeah, Phil does not want the coaching job anymore.
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Postby therealdeal on Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:58 am

karacha wrote:It's clear that Phil wants a front office job. I'm 95% sure he'd bring Shaw and Rambis back. But yeah, Phil does not want the coaching job anymore.

He's said so for years now, that's no surprise. Phil coaching is a sailed ship. But if he brought in Shaw and Rambis and maybe tried to mentor a couple more guys, that'd be fantastic. He honestly doesn't even need a real title at that point either.
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Postby lakersin4 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:41 am

When Phil was asked again if he would take the Lakers job, he said he had coaches that work for him in mind for that job. If we get off to a shaky start again, I think that's when we'll see D'antoni go & some Phil guys take over, with Phil consulting them the whole way. Shaw & Rambis would be ideal obviously but I could see Shaw getting a HC job before then.
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Postby OX1947 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:22 am

Should have just hired Brian Shaw and saved ourselves the headache. So tired of talking about firing the coach every (bleep) damn day.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:14 pm

OX1947 wrote:Should have just hired Brian Shaw and saved ourselves the headache. So tired of talking about firing the coach every (bleep) damn day.

Me too. It's why frankly I'm numb to MDA at this point. I have no feelings good or bad about him. I just want our team to be consistently good again.
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