Magic Johnson isn't wasting any time in his new job as the man in charge of the Lakers.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers had initially targeted Golden State Warriors manager Bob Myers, who recently signed an extension with the Bay Area franchise. The Lakers are coming off the three worst years in their history and have the third worst record in the National Basketball Association.
Magic Johnson won five championship titles with the Lakers and left the biggest mark on their history.
After a franchise-low 17 wins last season, the team brought in former Lakers player Luke Walton as head coach to guide a team that includes three lottery picks and might add another in this year's draft.
When the Lakers announced that Kupchak and Jim Buss would be relieved of their duties, neither made a statement in the official press release. But after looking into the long-term implications of this deal, I think Johnson may have cooked up a victor.
Team president/co-owner Jeanie Buss said she hopes the moves "will return the Lakers to the heights Dr". From that time on many wondered if Jim Buss and Kupchak's days were numbered.
Make no mistake this move means that the real power in the organization sits with Jeanie Buss. "It was probably so hard for me to make that I probably waited too long".
Shortly after being named an adviser to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, the Hall of Famer and five-time National Basketball Association champion spoke about his desire to "call the shots" for the franchise during an appearance on ESPN'sFirst Take just last week. Also caught in the crossfire: publicist John Black who was with the team for 27 years.
The Lakers announced on Tuesday that they have named Johnson their President of Basketball Operations.
I don't expect Lakers to be in playoffs this year, but i do expect better effort, better talent and overall the Lakers regaining their Hollywood Cache in the next 3 to 4 seasons. "We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to National Basketball Association champions".
Earlier this month, the Lakers hired Johnson to advise the owners on basketball and business in a role the team said would include collaborating with coaches, mentoring players and assessing future franchise needs. Magic Johnson also wants Kobe to get involved with the team, and hiring his friend and agent is a good start. The NBA trade deadline is 48 hours away.
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