"Since the day Jerry West retired [as GM], I felt nothing but heat," said Kupchak, who has a year left on his contract. "This kind of job, you're married to it. You live and die on wins and losses. You always feel the heat. I always feel heat. But I've got great confidence in my ability and my experience. I've been doing this a long time."http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketbal
Since 2000, when Mitch took over officially as GM, he's done a fantastic job. We've had great success and won multiple championships. Mitch has always for the most part remained patient as a GM. When Phil wanted to trade Kobe for Kidd/Marion, Mitch didn't budge. When Kobe wanted to be traded during the years we were losing, Mitch held his cool and pulled of the Pau trade.
Even now, during the Dwight situation, he's remained adamant about not trading Dwight and allowing him to be here the full year and make his decision. Quite frankly, even if Dwight were to leave, I wouldn't be discouraged at all. Why? We have Mitch. IMO, the best GM in the business.
Nevertheless, I bring this up to discuss the quote above. He only has a year left on his contract. If Kobe retires, if Dwight leaves, I can always say we have Mitch; a great basketball mind who knows how to assemble championship rosters. However, what if he leaves? Is there another protege in the works similar to the Jerry/Mitch relationship that we don't know about? Do we have to live with Jim Buss trying to assemble rosters and communicating with other GM's? Does Jim hire somebody else who doesn't have the same pedigree or level of success that Mitch has had?
IMO, the most important thing going forward is not the subject of Dwight re-signing, Pau being traded, or anything of that sort; it is Mitch's decision in a year from now and what he decides to do. He has said this though last year: "If I weren't here, (Lakers owner) Dr. (Jerry) Buss would probably get 50 phone calls from present and former GMs that would love to have this job," Kupchak said. "That's because it's the best job in the league." http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/stor
I don't want 50 other calls coming from other GM's, though. I want Mitch. So, my question is, what do you think he does? Does he stay? Does he go? Please discuss...