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Old 12-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default The latest from Mitch Kupchak

"If you're happy with your team, then the date doesn't mean much although you will probably get calls anyway," Kupchak said Monday in a phone interview with this newspaper. "If you're not happy with your team, you'll make calls."

Most deals likely will happen moments leading into the Feb. 21 trade deadline. But what sentiment best describes Kupchak's current thought process?

"I can't answer the question," Kupchak said. "I can't sit here and say I'm happy with our record. I don't think that's

a stretch for me or any Laker fan to say that. That's just stating the obvious. But I'm not sure how you assess this team until you get key players back."
Kupchak sounded definitive at least on two topics.

That involved his evaluation on D'Antoni, who has a 4-7 record with the Lakers.

"He's not happy with the record he's had since he's been here," Kupchak said. "But there's been clearly an uptick in the tempo of the game and that's something we were looking for.

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