Good news is coming to the Los Angeles area on Tuesday afternoon as former Michigan State and Lakers star Magic Johnson has been named the President of Basketball Operations of his former team. Johnson is the Lakers' new president of basketball operations, reporting directly to Jeanie Buss, although the team also plans to hire a general manager.
The Lakers finished 17-65 last season, a franchise low in the previous year of Kobe Bryant's two-decade run with the franchise. Johnson's hiring of Rob Pelinka has been the superstar Executive's first taste of criticism. And suggesting the Lakers should've taken him over Russell at the time would be asinine.
The team's recent ineptitude didn't hurt their place as Los Angeles' most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide brand, but Jeanie Buss finally exhausted of the apparent lack of progress.
This part of the National Basketball Association calendar typically sees players changing addresses more often than team executives.
In the instance of Johnson and the Lakers, as I said before he has a great rapport with management, which I think will ultimately help, not hurt him. But it is Magic's show now and if he can make the Lakers the Lakers again, this would perhaps be the greatest achievement in his life. He'd spent the final five years of his playing career in LA after Earvin "Magic" Johnson told former Lakers owner Dr.
Regarding Mitch Kupchak, Jeanie Buss stated, "We are grateful for the many contributions Mitch has made to the Lakers over the years and we wish him all the best".
Within the Lakers' new top circle of power, another sitting general manager who has been a significant source of intrigue for the freshly vacant L.A. general manager job: Portland's Neil Olshey, league sources said. As the new president of LA Lakers, Magic Johnson started with his duty by trading veteran reserve guard Lou Williams to Houston Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick.
Unfortunately, the Lakers have been stuck in the past way too long. How many decisions have the Knicks made based on the idea that they're the Knicks, that they're in NY and that superstars will always want to play there? Jerry Buss and Jeanie's brother, Jim Buss, 57, had said years ago that if he couldn't return the Lakers to their previous place among the NBA's best teams, then he would step aside.
He had returned to the Lakers in an executive capacity earlier this month but his sudden promotion to head of basketball operations has come as a surprise - especially given it comes just days before the NBA trade deadline.
'For that, I apologize to Laker fans. His Twitter is blander than Bland Man, a superhero I just made up whose superpower is extreme blandness. Success often isn't more legible than failure, but swept skyward by the rush of joy winning brings, most people don't ask for explanations.