Mitch Kupchak - biography

Basketball Player from United States of America

Mitchell "Mitch" Kupchak (born May 24, 1954) is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers since the 2000–01 NBA season after predecessor Jerry West moved to the Memphis Grizzlies organization. Kupchak played for Brentwood High School, Brentwood, Long Island, NY, and was instrumental in Brentwood's Division Titles from 1970-72. Kupchak was an All-American on the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team. Kupchak played on the gold medal winning team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Kupchak was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1976 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. He had four productive seasons with Washington and was part of the team that won the NBA Championship in 1978. He signed a long term contract with the Lakers in 1981 on the behest of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who told owner Jerry Buss, "If we could get Mitch Kupchak, I know we could win," after the team's playoff upset. Unfortunately, 26 games into the season, Kupchak injured his knee and did not play again until the 1983-84 season. However, Kupchak played a key role in the Lakers' 1985 championship team against the Boston Celtics, who had intimidated  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1954-05-24
Place of birth
Hicksville
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Claire Kupchak

Education

Institution From To
University of California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UCLA Anderson

Athlete facts

Sports
Basketball

Performances

Year Performance Character
2002 Jerseys in the Rafters: Carolina's Greatest Stars

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