EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Mitch Kupchak writes the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster with a marker on a white board in his office. On Friday morning, the general manager decided it was time to formally erase Kobe Bryant.
Kupchak took an eraser to Bryant’s name. It didn’t move.
“I guess at some point, the marker just stays,” Kupchak said with a laugh.
The Lakers are trying to begin life after Bryant, but nothing about the process is easy. Kobe carried this franchise to remarkable heights, but he left it at the bottom.