Miller: Kupchak might be Lakers' true superhero...
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There was a time when it appeared Howard had no chance of becoming a Laker. That time was the day before the deal was completed.
In other words, Kupchak mixed patience and perseverance until Orlando relented. The Magic then worked out the details with the 76ers and Nuggets and came back to the Lakers for final confirmation.
There's one more thing to consider here: Kupchak just displayed significant Spaldings in not only dealing away a mountain of young talent in Andrew Bynum but also in acquiring a player who could bolt after only one season.