Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm  |  29 responses

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Says ‘No Regrets’ About Signing Steve Nash

The Los Angeles Lakers inexplicably gave a three-year deal to Steve Nash in the summer of 2012, which also cost them two first and a second-round draft pick. Things haven’t exactly worked out for Nash in Hollywood, but Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak insists that the organization has no regrets about how things turned out (he’s lying.) Kupchak is also sticking to the company line that the Lakers wouldn’t dream of tanking (they are.) Per the LA Daily News and LA Times:

“No regrets,” Kupchak said. “We had a chance. You have to recognize where you are as a franchise. We felt we had a two year window, maybe three to go for a championship. That’s what we did. Looking back on it, which nobody can do, that’s a different story. But at the time, we knew exactly what we were doing.”

Nash missed a combined 32 games last season because of a fractured left leg and the subsequent nerve irritation that damaged his back and hamstring. Nash sat out of the Lakers’ 107-103 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center after feeling nerve irritation in his back and hamstrings after colliding earlier this week with Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich. Nash has still vowed he will play this season and hopes to return after the All-Star break.

“I feel terrible for him. I really do,” Kupchak said. “Some players sulk and kind of get depressed and say I’m 38 years old, whatever it is, and say it wasn’t meant to be. But this guy has worked harder than anybody to get back. I just feel terrible for him. I really do. For someone who has had that career and worked that hard and came here to win a championship, something that has eluded him for years. But those things are out of his control and they’re out of our control.”

“Winning is never a bad thing,” Kupchak said. “If you try to manipulate the draft, I’m not a karma guy, but if you try to manipulate this thing, it never works out the way you think it’s going to work out.

“You’re better off doing what you know is the right thing to do and whatever happens happened for the right reason. And that’s our approach.”

Despite the lack of success, Kupchak gave another vote of confidence to Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni.

“Under very trying circumstances, I think he’s done a great job,” Kupchak said. “Our players continue to play as hard as possible and compete in every game. After games, if we do lose, their heads go down and they’re upset. There’s no music playing, there’s no guys walking out of the locker room with a hop in their step. It bothers them to lose.”

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  • Mitchell

    Yes Mitch… No Ragrets

  • KSupreme

    I’m not gonna lie i thought picking up nash was pretty dope, but picking up nash would of never happened if the league didn’t stop the CP3 trade. Dwight would of stayed because of CP3 and Kobe, who was doing way more than he should have, MAAAYBE, wouldn’t have gotten injured…..what i’m trying to say is…. screw you David Stern

  • Redd

    Yes because he would’ve said he regrets it..

  • LP @ThisisEther

    this all makes sense. David stern is the reason.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in his defense, people in general weren’t really hating the move at the time

  • LakeShow

    I liked it. That’s why the D’Antoni hire made sense.

    We knew he was old, but figured he’d give us 25+mpg consistently with Steve Blake as his backup.


  • Conor

    The collision with Lillard was the harbinger of woe.

  • berkamore

    In related news, D-Fish is 40 but he’s still balling………

  • JJ Jones

    What’s he suppose to say? Besides everyone was praising the move at the time.

  • LakeShow

    Define “balling”?

    5 ppg and 1.4 apg in 16mpg… “balling”?

  • berkamore

    Well, for starters, D-Fish is on the court PLAYING…………..and do the math for 36-48 minutes for the numbers you gave me. I bet they are not that different from Fish’s numbers in Los Angeles.

  • Sheila Edward

    We knew he was old, but figured he’d give us 25+mpg consistently with Steve Blake as his backup.

  • LakeShow

    11ppg 3apg… Ballin!

  • bike

    This is all Dwight’s fault.

  • robb

    I’m not sure about that. Granted, Nash could play the system, but he wasn’t the only old guy, the whole team was pretty old, even with a healthy Nash, the Lakers would’ve struggled. Dantoni’s hiring never made sense to me, specially when PJ had pretty much agreed to coach the Lakers. It was a stupid move, and that’s the real regret Mitch has.

  • The Seed

    Nash was a waste of money, that could have went towards, Darren Collison, Kyle Lowry and etc. Stop lying Mitch!!

  • nbk troll

    kobe + Lebron + Melo + wiggins + Phil Jackson = Next Dynasty

  • nbk troll

    Make it happen KOBE!!!

  • Nigel

    I mean, it is pretty impressive that he’s still a rotation player on an NBA team, numbers be damned. Especially impressive that he’s operating at the PG position, arguably the dominant position of this era.

  • berkamore

    Missing the point entirely. Fish is giving OKC what is expected of him. What? Are you expecting him to score 30 a game?

    And frankly, for a so-called Lakers fan, I am surprised that you don’t show more appreciation for Fish. The guy made a bunch of clutch plays for the Lakers in the playoffs. But whatever………

  • berkamore

    Agreed. But his numbers are not bad for a guy who comes off the bench and plays 16 minutes a game. And the guy is actually PLAYING. All the “talent” or “potential” or “resume” don’t mean squat if you are not out there on the court producing.

  • berkamore

    The D’Antoni hire was a dumb move when PJax was available and WILLING to take the job. What? You think Nash couldn’t learn the triangle? He seems like a fairly smart player.

  • Drig

    High risk, high reward. It’s just a bit unfortunate that we got bit badly in this instance but these are the kind of trades that gets teams championships. No regrets.

  • grgeblck

    really? Let’s see if he says the same thing 10 years later reflecting on this season.

  • grgeblck

    The big 4 never work.

  • LakeShow

    I agree. Phil Jackson over anyone, always, but D’Antoni was the 2nd best option it appeared.

  • LakeShow

    “I am surprised that you don’t show more appreciation for Fish.”

    When should I be bringing up Derek Fisher more often? Just in regular basketball conversations? Just stop speaking on the topic at hand and say: “Man, I just want to say thank you to Derek Fisher for all that he did in the Lakers uniform!”… ?

    You won’t find a single instance of me saying a bad thing about Fisher ever. So… Whatever………..

  • berkamore

    I don’t quite see where you are driving at. Let’s just say you are right and leave it at that.

  • LakeShow

    That works.