Kupchak Admits to Impatience in Decisions
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak joined John Feinstein on CBS Radio on Tuesday and spoke at length about the legacy of Dr. Jerry Buss, as well as the direction of his team.
“The one thing that was a big factor is our lack of patience,” Kupchak said. “When we made the changes we made in the offseason, we really did it with a two- or maybe even a three-year window, probably a two-year window to do our best and win a championship. And clearly we knew Dr. Buss was not in great health, and we were hoping for the next year or two we could put something on the court that would result in being in the hunt at the end of the year for a championship.
“And when we didn’t feel we could get there after a preseason and a small number of games, we didn’t feel we had the patience to wait and see if it was going to work out,” he continued. “And that’s really why we made the change we made so early.”
So that’s Kupchak saying essentially, the team became far more impatient because of the failing health of Buss, which contributed to Brown’s firing.