Mitch Kupcheck’s Big Book of War


It took me way too long to figure out the devious scheme of the Lakers’ GM.  I’m actually kind of embarrassed.  I mean who gives away his contending team’s third most important player for absolutely nothing?  Lamar was 6th man of the year just last season, he’s been a crucial player on two title teams, and he’s one of the longest tenured Lakers on the team.  Sure.  Just hand him over to the defending champs who play in your own conference.  It’s flabbergasting, nonsensical nonsense!

But I’m onto you now, Mitch.  You had me fooled with the Lamar move, but the Fisher move gives the whole flimflam away.  Letting Fisher go so the top team in your conference could pick him up, the other WC Finalist from last year?  Smooth.

In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu assures us: 

The enemy’s spies who have come to spy on us must be sought out, tempted with bribes, led away and comfortably housed. Thus they will become double agents and available for our service. It is through the information brought by the double agent that we are able to acquire and employ local and inward spies. It is owing to his information, again, that we can cause the doomed spy to carry false tidings to the enemy.


Mitch has placed his double agents in the field.  The Mavs and Thunder think they have the inside scoop on the Lakers now, but what they’ve really got is moles planting landmines in their gameplans.  Lamar goes to the Mavs and fails to contribute for the first time in his career.  You think when he blows a play in the conference finals against the Lakers, Jerry Buss will buy him a championship ring?  And Fisher was specifically acquired for his knowledge of the game and of the Lakers’ style of play.  How much bad intel will he feed the Thunder if their teams meet in the playoffs?  And that corner three that could have won it that he airballs?  Not a coincidence.

Well played, Mitch.  Almost as good as Ainge and McHale agreeing to a deal that gave Boston one of the the greatest players of his generation for the price of Al Jefferson.


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