Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak wants All-Star Kobe Bryant to know that the team will do everything they can this offseason to turn around the franchise come next season.
The Lakers are coming off one of their worst records in franchise history and Kupchak believes that Bryant and the team will get back to their winning ways.
Bryant and his wife are in Paris this week vacationing, but Kupchak sent a message to him on Friday during his 45-minute end of the season press conference.
“I’ve already used the word patience I think once or twice, so if [Bryant] is in Europe watching this, I’m sure he’s saying, ‘Why is Mitch using the word patience?’” Kupchak said. “He’s not the most patient person in the world. And that’s never going to change.
“Because of that, we’ve been to the Finals a bunch of times and we’ve won five championships. So, it’s hard to criticize him,” Kupchak continued.
The Lakers will have a lottery pick for the first time since the 2005 season and salary cap space to add free agents.
“We want the same thing. We both want to win as much and as soon as possible. But it takes an organization a long time to get in the position that we’re in where we have options financially going forward for the next year or two or three,” Kupchak said. “We just have to make wise decisions using that space. If you don’t make a wise decision, then you can set yourself back 6-7 years, and we don’t want to do that.”
The Lakers have agreed to a multi-year deal with Kupchak earlier this month.
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