Last week, the Chicago Bulls were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. A report immediately surfaced that the Lakers would be interested in replacing Byron Scott with embattled Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak appeared on AM570 LA Sports with Bill Reiter and Leeann Tweeden to dismiss the speculation. He finished the spot by telling Reiter and Tweeden that he’d call or text Scott after the interview.
The following day, Kupchak made news again by discussing the imminent departure of longtime superstar and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. Kupchak declared that next season would be Bryant’s last.
(Of course, I disagree with the stance. If Bryant is healthy and resembles his former self, he’ll be eyeballing a new deal, be it counter-signed by Kupchak or another GM. I’ll save that rant for another time.)
And yes, that day is rapidly coming when Bryant faces his final jumpshot. To that end, Bryant inked a new deal this week. He’s going to be represented by WME (William Morris Endeavor) for future film, television, books and digital projects. Bryant already worked on a Showtime documentary of his life that aired earlier this season.