LA Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has given head coach Mike D'Antoni a vote of confidence despite three straight defeats for the Lakers.
During a phone interview with the LA Times, Kupchak said; "We're happy with Mike, you can look back six weeks ago and say it's exciting and we're playing great. It's hard to ignore the injuries but it was a fun game to watch when we were playing without Kobe (Bryant) and anticipating his return... We had high hopes."
The Lakers currently have Bryant, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, Xavier Henry and Steve Nash all out with injury and are severely depleted at the point guard position.
"I thought three point guards going into the season was plenty deep." remarked Kupchak "But what do I know?"
The Lakers will next face their cross-city rivals, the LA Clippers who themselves have star player Chris Paul out through injury and have slid to fourth in the conference standings.
LA are currently in 13th position in the Western Conference and are six games back from a possible playoff berth. Despite this current predicament, Kupchak says that the team will definitely not tank the rest of season in order to get a high draft pick.
"That's the worst possible message you could send to anybody anywhere, whether it's a fan a player or a coach, and we will not do that." Kupchak said, "Our players will play hard and fight to the very end."
The Lakers have a first round pick for the first time since 2007 and currently have the eighth worst record among NBA teams.