Mitch Kupchak's day of emotions

GM brought in much-needed PG, but it cost the Lakers a friend and leader

Updated: March 19, 2012, 7:45 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Mitch Kupchak emerged from his offices Thursday afternoon with noticeable stubble, tired eyes and a look that can be described as a mix of sadness and relief.

He's been walking an impossibly narrow line these past few months. He's been tasked not only with tearing down a Los Angeles Lakers team that had won a championship less than two years ago but also reupholstering it on the fly under the duress of a condensed season and the restrictive rules of the new collective ...

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