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Mitch Kupchak says the Lakers need to win more than 19 games this season

Los Angeles' general manager wants the team to show more than a small improvement in the win column

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For much of the offseason, so much of the narrative surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers has centered around the lack of expectations for the team. Most hope that the young and fun Lakers will show some growth, but unlike in previous lottery-bound seasons, there has been very little preseason pining for a playofff spot.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stopped well short of predicting any type of shocking run to the postseason in Los Angeles when he addressed reporters at the team's Santa Barbara training camp, but he does want to see the previously 17-win team pick up a few more victories this year.

"It's gotta be more than 17," Kupchak told Baxter Holmes of ESPN. "It can't be a game or two more."

Las Vegas set the Lakers' initial over/under win expectations at 24.5, so it seems fairly safe to assume that barring some sort of injury apocalypse the team will meet Kupchak's meager expectations.

He also made it clear he isn't solely focused on the team's record.

"As long as we show progress, have fun as a team and are fun to watch, that's what I'm looking for," Kupchak told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

With a new head coach, some exciting offseason additions, and more growth from the young core, that goal should be an easy one to meet as well.

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