Mitch Kupchak sat down for a Q & A session with Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News and revealed his thoughts on the season thus far, the upcoming December 15th player trade restriction lift, and says the plan has always been to keep Pau Gasol.

Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News recently sat down with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak for a Q & A session and discussed, what else, but the struggling Lakers squad. With the 9-12 record above their head, and the first major date in NBA trades coming (December 15th), a glimpse into the mentality of Kupchak is certainly of interest. A few highlights here...

What mindset do you currently have?

I can't answer the question. I can't sit here and say I'm happy with our record. I don't think that's a stretch for me or any Laker fan to say that. But that's just stating the obvious. Getting back to the original question, I'm not sure how you assess this team until you get key players back. I hope they'll be back soon.

Of course, this was just after...