Posted February 14, 2014

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: ‘No regrets’ in acquiring Steve Nash

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Steve Nash (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Steve Nash is averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 assists in 10 games this season. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Lakers lost their franchise-record seventh straight home game Thursday night, 107-103 to the Thunder.

Steve Nash wasn’t in the lineup, which Los Angeles has gotten used to in the point guard’s two seasons with the team. Nash has missed 75 of the Lakers’ 135 games in that stretch.

Still, general manager Mitch Kupchak said before Thursday’s game he has “no regrets” about acquiring the two-time MVP.

“Looking back on it, which nobody can do, that’s a different story. But at the time, we knew exactly what we were doing,” Kupchak told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com. “You have to recognize where you are as a franchise, and we felt we had a two-year window, maybe three, to go for a championship and that’s what we did.”

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Nash irritated a nerve in his back on Sunday in a loss to the Bulls. He played 17 minutes in a loss to the Jazz on Tuesday but couldn’t go Thursday night.

“I feel terrible for him, I really do,” Kupchak said of the 40-year-old Nash, who has played only 10 games this season. “Nobody expected him to break his leg in the second game and it’s been one thing after another since then.”

Nash is averaging 7.6 points per game, his lowest mark since his rookie year, and is shooting a career-low 36 percent from the field. The Lakers (18-35) have lost three in a row and 10 of their last 12.

“Some players would sulk and kind of get depressed and say, ‘Well, I’m 38 years old — or whatever it is — and maybe it wasn’t meant to be,’” Kupchak said. “But this guy has worked harder than anybody to get back and I just feel terrible for him, I really do.

“Someone who’s had that kind of career, that’s worked that hard, that came here to win a championship, something that’s eluded him for years. But those things are out of his control and they’re out of our control.”

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3 comments
qbc1b
qbc1b

if the Lakers cannot admit that hiring D'Antoni was a huge mistake then they need to point their finger higher and there are only 2 left. The team will never do anything with MD as head coach.

Mark112
Mark112

And the Suns have no regrets in kicking Nash to the curb. The Mavs probably do, however.

kj4027
kj4027

@qbc1b  Coaches are only as good as the players they have. His first year coaching the Phoenix Suns they went 21-40 (he was hired as coach with 60 games left in the season). The next year they acquire Steve Nash and suddenly the man can coach. Nash wins back to back MVPs. The Suns finish in first place the next 5 years. The Lakers don't have anyone on their team that is remotely elite. Kobe and Nash are hurt. You think Phil Jackson could turn this team of nobodies into winners? Sorry but Phil Jackson had Jordan, Pippen, Shaq and Kobe. There are no such players on the Lakers at the moment.