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Tweetable items from Mitch Kupchak and Theo Ratliff

July 23, 2010 |  7:45 pm

Among the highlights from Mitch Kupchak's news conference:

--The Lakers hadn't planned on pursuing Matt Barnes, but Kupchak saw a possibility after Barnes' sign-and-trade deal with Toronto fell through.

--Kupchak is worried Lakers forward Luke Walton might miss the entire season next year because of the pinched nerve in his lower back, which is partly why he pursued Barnes and drafted Devin Ebanks.

--Kupchak expressed optimism that the Lakers will re-sign Shannon Brown: "I think there's a good chance that in the next couple of weeks, we can have some resolution with Shannon. I'm optimistic."

--Kupchak appeared satisfied with his off-season work: "I think we've added depth and I think we've addressed our major concern, knowing that Jordan [Farmar] would probably not return, that left a gaping hole in our backcourt."

--Kupchak said Andrew Bynum delayed surgery on his right knee for 10 days simply because of scheduling conflicts with Dr. David Altchek.

--Mark Medina

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