Mitchell “Mitch” Kupchak (born May 24, 1954) is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. Kupchak retired from playing in 1986, and became the Lakers’ assistant general manager (under GM and Basketball Hall of Famer, Jerry West). He later succeeded West as General Manager, but was not considered to have all of the traditional powers of an NBA GM until 2000 (when West resigned as Vice President of Basketball Operations, for the challenge of trying to replicate the Lakers’ level of success as GM of the recently relocated, last-place Memphis Grizzlies).



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