Mitch Kupchak still focusing on future


November 16, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former pro basketball player “Julius Dr. J” Irving sits next to Los Angeles Lakers Mitch Kupchak during the ceremony unveiling the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

With much speculation at the trade deadline, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has his hands full over the next week. Prior to the Thunders-Lakers game, Kupchak spoke to a select few media members, where he reiterated that LA is thinking for the future.

However, the UNC grad reaffirmed his team’s status on tanking, and his reluctance to it.

The Lakers sit just a half game out of the worst record in the Western conference and have dug a hole that won’t be coming out of this year. Fortunately for them, they picked a year with a fantastic draft class and a slew of free agents to wipe the slate clean with.