We keep thinking the Lakers season cannot get any worse. But today, not long after the team lost its beloved owner and watched a guy the NBA snatched away win All-Star MVP, there is yet another bit of tarnishing information to digest.
It’s not so much that Lakers equipment manager Rudy Garciduenas was let go along with a bunch of other employees in 2011 as part of a Phil Jackson-related purge. That kind of thing happens all the time in sports and indeed, Garciduenas has no ill will towards his former employer. Rather, it’s the way the faithful 26-year employee discovered he was being bounced. Per Bill Plaschke‘s column:
Garciduenas learned of his departure when he received a letter about temporary [COBRA health] insurance… The next day, general manager Mitch Kupchak summoned him to his office to confirm that he was being released as a cost-saving measure.
Amazing how expeditious the California health care industry can be when it involves the cessation of benefits. Plaschke’s great piece details how, after living off unemployment and retirement savings for a while, Garciduenas relaunched himself as the partnered driver of a Sam Choy’s Pineapple Express food truck.
There was an offer from the Lakers after the lockout for Garciduenas to interview for his old job, but he refused because the team would not give him a re-hire guarantee. Read Plaschke’s full article here.[Photo courtesy @SamChoysPX]