TAG: Mitch Kupchak

Smack / Apr 18, 2013 / 1:37 am

Stephen Curry Sets NBA Record; Tony Allen Is A Karaoke King; Kobe Bryant’s New Signature Shoe

Stephen Curry

On a day that saw the last of Rasheed Wallace, as well as the NBA’s regular season, we saw the first of something else: the first NBA player to hit 270 three-pointers in one season. Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen‘s record last night in Golden State’s 11-point win over Portland, and while it took him longer than one quarter, as Jarrett Jack originally joked, the 6-3 guard still got it done. Read More »

NBA / Jan 7, 2013 / 3:00 pm

Why Lakers Fans Must Calm Down

Dwight Howard

We’re only a week into 2013 and already Lakers fans are bugging out. The team has lost all of its games in the new year, including last night’s disappointment to the Denver Nuggets at home, which dropped them to 10-8 at the Staples Center (not counting when they play the Clippers as the road team). Read More »

Smack / Oct 15, 2012 / 2:00 am

Brooklyn’s Ready For The Barclays Spotlight; Adam Morrison’s Comeback Continues

brooklyn nets court

Photo. Paul Martinka (NY POST)

The Brooklyn Nets won’t be blaring “All of the Lights” as their theme song this season because, among other things, they’ll only be using some of the lights in the brand-new Barclays Center for BK games. And they’re special lights. We knew for a while that the Nets would use theatre-style lighting, which is what the Lakers and Knicks use, the kind of lighting that dims the crowd and puts the floor on an imaginary stage by highlighting the game. Read More »

NBA / Aug 31, 2012 / 4:00 pm

The NBA’s Best And Worst At Getting The Most For Their Money

2010 Los Angeles Lakers Championship Ring

The Lakers only worry about being the best as measured by NBA titles, a metric that’s about as black and white as they get. More points on the scoreboard more nights than any other earns the title of champion, something that can be envied but never disagreed upon. (Unless you believe in Tim Donaghy conspiracy theories, I think we all can agree the regular season and playoffs are a pretty good test of who’s best, yes?) What I’m saying is you might not want to, but the Lakers have been called champions many times before. But is the NBA world ready to call the Lakers the league’s smartest team? Read More »

Smack / Aug 10, 2012 / 10:00 pm

U.S. Puts Argentina On Ice; Dwight Howard Is Officially A Laker

Team USA

Team USA (photo. Nike)

In what’s becoming old hat this Olympic men’s basketball tournament, Kobe became the sixth U.S. player with double-digit scoring in a single quarter when he had 13 — halfway through the first on Friday. The U.S., and really Kobe, was rolling like a truck going downhill at the start of the semifinal game against Argentina. The finish was 109-83 Team USA and the destination is now the gold medal match. It looked like a sure thing right from the start. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jun 18, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Report: Los Angeles Lakers Aggressively Shopping Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

After the Lakers’ lackluster performance against the Thunder in their second round exit from this year’s playoffs, it’s no surprise that they’re looking for a fall guy. And, as always, it’s Pau Gasol. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jun 13, 2012 / 8:45 am

Video: Alonzo Mourning & Pat Riley Want To Be Anywhere But Oklahoma City

Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning

Look familiar? It’s not deja vu in Oklahoma City; this really is the second time TV has caught an opposing GM looking like he’s just seen a ghost from his seat in Chesapeake Energy Arena this postseason. First it was the Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak looking stunned and lonely on elimination night in the Western Conference Semifinals. Tuesday night, Heat architects Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley were caught amid a sea of blue looking, well, pissed. Read More »

Featured Gallery, NBA / May 22, 2012 / 3:30 pm

The 5 Biggest Offseason Questions For The Lakers

2010 Los Angeles Lakers Championship Ring

Every offseason the Lakers don’t win a championship is a restless one for the franchise and its fans. The high expectations create a quicker panic trigger when those plans don’t mature, leaving anyone around feeling like GM Mitch Kupchak standing alone in a packed Oklahoma City Arena. The SoCal summer is a little dimmer. This season, however, there are more reasons to be uneasy — and they’re foundational reasons. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 22, 2012 / 10:45 am

Video: Mitch Kupchak Realizes The Lakers Are Finished

Mitch Kupchak

This is pure gold. We’re sorry, Mitch, but it was all over well before this clip. TNT just decided to drive the stake in a little further. Read More »

NBA / Jan 12, 2012 / 11:30 am

Warning Levels For 5 NBA Postseason Contenders

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (photo. Nike Basketball)

You had to know it would happen with 66 games in 120 days. Someone was going to fall off. Surprises are a double-edged sword; Somebody has to fall. Besides Miami – who despite the loss last night look like the runaway best team in the NBA – who else can you say has really been dominating? I’ll give you Chicago. But after that Portland has been blown out at home and on the road to two dysfunctional teams with superstars on the edge of town (Phoenix, Orlando). Denver is feasting on the weak but struggling against talent. Atlanta, who knows what’s going on with them? Read More »