Friday , Jan , 04 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Does Andrew Bynum Validate Mitch Kupchak?


Before this season, Kupchak was torched for refusing to trade Andrew Bynum. He was ripped in chat rooms and editorial letters and, of course, in that time-honored platform for public criticism known as the Kobe Bryant Parking Lot Video.

Thirty games into a new season, and now the entire NBA wants Andrew Bynum.

"He has taken a step," Kupchak said. "Hopefully he’ll sustain it."

Before this season, Kupchak was torched for drafting Jordan Farmar. He was ripped for a lack of scouting acumen, for a lack of common sense, putting Kobe’s ball in the hands of a mildly skilled kid.

Thirty games into a new season, and the entire NBA is marveling over those hands.

"Jordan has definitely made some adjustments," Kupchak said. "We’ll see what happens now."

The signing of Derek Fisher?

The Lakers would be lost without him. [Click here for more from the Los Angeles Times.]