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Byline: -- Ross Siler

The Lakers have been gathering in advance of training camp, which opens next week. General manager Mitch Kupchak Mitchell "Mitch" Kupchak (born May 24 1954 in Hicksville, New York) is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers since the 2000-01 NBA season after predecessor Jerry West moved to the Memphis Grizzlies organization.  said he was particularly impressed by Ronny Turiaf Ronny Turiaf (born January 13, 1983 in Le Robert, Martinique) is a French basketball player, selected in the second round (37th pick overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. , who has had a whirlwind schedule here at the end of summer.

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 world championships, Turiaf has been to Japan, Martinique, Paris, New York This article is about the New York town. For other uses, see Paris (disambiguation).
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 and now Los Angeles. The Lakers probably would have preferred that he play for their summer-league team and spend the summer working out at the team's practice facility. But Turiaf couldn't turn down the chance to play for his country, and it sounds like he could be an impact player for the Lakers this season.

I hadn't heard much over the summer about Sasha Vujacic, who will be entering his third season. Kupchak said Vujacic has grown into his body and was rolling the sleeves up on his shirt to show off some muscles on the practice court. Said Kupchak: ``He doesn't look like a kid any more.''
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 26, 2006
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