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Mitch Kupchak, Lakers GM, Mourns Loss of Daughter

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015 08:00 AM

Mitch Kupchak is in mourning after the 15-year-old daughter of the Los Angeles Lakers general manage passed away following a long illness.

The Lakers issued a brief statement but did not go into specifics about the illness that Alina Claire Kupchak was suffering from, reported the Los Angeles Daily News.

"Alina Claire Kupchak, daughter of Lakers General Manager Mitch and his wife Claire, passed away this morning at the age of 15 after a lengthy illness," said the team statement. "The family asks for and appreciates their privacy at this difficult time, and would like to express their gratitude for everyone’s love, support, thoughts and prayers."

ESPN Los Angeles reported that the couple also has an 18-year-old son, Maxwell. The Los Angeles Times reported he will graduate from Brentwood School this year.

"We're all hurt," Lakers coach Byron Scott said before the Lakers' contest against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, according to ESPN. "It just kind of puts basketball in a different light. It's not that important.

"We sat down as coaches this morning and there wasn't a whole lot of words to be said. Because as a parent, all of us have kids. And especially us fathers who have daughters, I can't imagine being here and my daughter is not here. It's not the way it's supposed to happen. We send out our condolences to the Kupchak family," said Scott.

Los Angeles Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers issued a statement of support for Kupchak Monday.

"On behalf of the Los Angeles Clippers, I would like to send my condolences to the Kupchak family," Rivers said in the statement. "The Clippers organization sends our best during this difficult time."

Kupchak has been general manager of the Lakers since 2000 after being mentored by former NBA star and general manager Jerry West. Kupchak has been associated with the Lakers for 28 seasons, first as a player and winning an NBA title in 1985. He also won an NBA crown with the Washington Bullets in 1978, noted the Times.

As general manager, the Lakers won NBA championships in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

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