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Los Angeles Lakers: GM Mitch Kupchak Addresses Kobe Bryant Comments

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak let everyone know in a public statement that Kobe's desires would not shape his decision making.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak let everyone know in a public statement that Kobe's desires would not shape his decision making.Jeff Golden/Getty Images
Dan IrwinCorrespondent IIFebruary 21, 2012

Kobe Bryant's complaints about the Lakers' desire to trade Pau Gasol have been heard.  But it doesn't look like what Kobe thinks will be affecting front office decisions any time soon.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said late Monday night that Kobe's happiness can't be the only priority.

"As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player," said Kupchak, who is a former Lakers player himself.

"Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come," Kupchak said.

"To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans."

Kupchak's words come in response to comments on a radio show that Kobe made on Sunday, in reference to not trading Pau Gasol.

But not all talk is bad.  The Lakers' Metta World Peace had this to say about Kupchak:

"You can't really question [Kupchak], because he's looking out for the Lakers, and he does a great job," World Peace said. "That's his job, and we're supposed to go play.

The Lakers next game is Wednesday night at the Dallas Mavericks.

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