Coast to coast

Lakers’ Kupchak has locked up executive of the year.

By Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Times

I want to thank Dr. Buss, Mr. Cuban . . .

Here’s what we know after two weeks of whirlwind activity that’s still whirling:

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak just wrapped up executive of the year.

Kupchak not only stole Pau Gasol, he wiped out half the West elite as teams winning 60 games a season tried to reconfigure on the fly to deal with the Lakers.

Of course, compared to the Dallas deal for Jason Kidd — now on life support — the Suns’ gamble on Shaquille O’Neal was a coup.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who didn’t like the price, now has a train wreck on his hands, leaving him with his old, sagging team and the Nets with the unhappy Kidd.

You’ve heard the best deals are the ones that help both teams?

This wasn’t one.

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