EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Los Angeles Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak met with the media following two days of exit interviews and provided answers to a couple of pertinent questions about the Purple and Gold.
One, Kobe Bryant asking to do his exit interview away from the team's offices didn't mean the superstar was in showdown mode, ready to make demands of management. "Nothing to it at all," said Kupchak. "I would do the same for any of our players who asked to meet somewhere else, not just Kobe. Sometimes it's just easier for them to do it when they come in to clean out their lockers after the season. Sometimes it's better to do it elsewhere.
"On the way back from Oklahoma City, I talked with Kobe and he said we'd get together soon. That's no problem."
Secondly, Kupchak said he has absolutely no desire to leave the Lakers for any other organization, despite the fact another team might offer more money and a more impressive title such as Team President or President of Basketball ...