From the firing of Mike Brown to the hiring of Mike D’Antoni, and the dalliance with Phil Jackson between the two, the Lakers have served as one-stop shopping for their fill of the reality-TV-style melodrama that surrounds their basketball.
The quiet but powerful force behind the scenes in this whole affair is longtime Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, whose voice never seems to rise above a regal whisper even in what looks like a crisis. Kupchak joins us on Episode 93 of the Hang Time Podcast to clear the air on all things Lakers.
Whose bright idea was it to install the Princeton offense?
Why D’Antonio over Phil, or was it instead of Phil?
Is anything less than a title this season viewed internally as a failure for Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and the crew?
And, perhaps most intriguing, is his putting to rest the debate that our TNT colleagues Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley have waged over the past 15 months about the unquestioned best big man in the league, Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum?
(Hey Shaq, spoiler alert, you’re not going to like Kupchak’s answer …)
Feast on all that and more on our Thanksgiving special, Episode 93 of the Hang Time Podcast, with your hosts Sekou Smith, Lang Whitaker and Rick Fox (well, you’ll have to listen up to see what happened to Rick).
As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine, Sekou Smith of NBA.com and Rick Fox of NBA TV, as well as our new super producer Gregg (just like Popovich) Waigand and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.