What Mitch Kupchak Should Learn from Lakers’ Failed Dwight Howard Experiment

As the Dwight Howard saga concluded, a lot of blame was placed on the management of the Los Angeles Lakers for losing Superman to the Houston Rockets. 

Although Jim Buss has received the majority of the criticism for the debacle, Mitch Kupchak also needs to learn from last season's disappointment. 

In prefacing my assessment on what improvements Kupchak needs to make, I need to clarify that I do not think he's a poor general manager. Kupchak is actually responsible for one of the biggest heists in NBA history. 

Kupchak's responsible for the acquisitions of Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol, a player formerly known as Ron Artest and several other moves that for years kept the Lakers in contention for an NBA title. 

The problem with Kupchak doesn't revolve around his performance or his credentials. The problem is that his basketball acumen and business savvy are apparently being compromised if not outright challenged by the Lakers' front office.

As evidenced by the awkward manner in which the Lakers chose Mike D'Antoni over Phil Jackson, it appears as if Kupchak has become the scapegoat through which the Lakers are now funneling their shoddy decision-making.

That's not to say that Kupchak isn't complicit in some of the bad decisions that have been made. He appears to be 100 percent behind Mike D'Antoni as a coach despite the controversy behind the signing. 

However, as Kupchak has shown in the past, he has the knowledge and the skills to keep the Lakers afloat.

What Kupchak has to do is enter this rebuilding phase with a goal and a template in mind, meaning that if Lakers' management seems to be 100 percent behind D'Antoni, Kupchak then has to build a team around D'Antoni's preferred style of play.

The Dwight Howard experiment failed because the Lakers as an organization got behind a coach that could not...

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