Full name: Mitchell William "Mitch" Kupchak
Height: 6-9.5 (208 cm)
Weight: 229 lbs (104 kg)
Born: May 24, 1954 in Hicksville, New York, United States
Affiliations: North Carolina Tar Heels, Chapel Hill (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Mitch Kupchak played for the University of North Carolina and also for its coach, Dean Smith, in the 1976 Olympic Games. He was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets and was shortly thereafter named to the NBAâs All-rookie team. Kupchak was described as a 6-10 (2.08) banger who didn't start but led the league in floor burns and contributed significantly to every team he played on.
After five excellent years in Washington, including an NBA championship in 1978, Kupchak signed a multimillion dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. But injuries hindered what could have been a great pro career. After the 1979 NBA season, he underwent back surgery but in December 1981 he suffered the worst blow. On that night he crashed to the floor in a game against San Diego, suffering ligament, cartilage and bone damage to his left knee which required several operations and effectively ended his career. Kupchak played thru the 1986 NBA season, but his career was hampered by his knee problems. He moved into the front office and in 2001 became the general manager of the Lakers, holding that position until February 2017.
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||Men's Basketball||United States||USA||1||Gold|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Final Round||Match 1/2||1||1976-07-27||USA 95, YUG 74||14||1||1||3|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Semi-Finals||Match #2||1||1976-07-26||USA 95, CAN 77||6||7||0||1|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Group B||Match #2||1||1976-07-18||USA 106, ITA 86||19||7||1||4|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Group B||Match #4||1||1976-07-20||USA 95, PUR 94||17||9||2||1|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Group B||Match #7||1||1976-07-21||USA 112, YUG 93||5||4||2||0|
|1976 Summer||22||MontrÃ©al||Basketball||United States||USA||Group B||Match #10||1||1976-07-24||USA 81, TCH 76||14||6||0||1|