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.

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