Lakers name Magic Johnson president, fire Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak
- Author: Santos West Feb 22, 2017,
Feb 22, 2017, 0:15
As the President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson will have plenty of say in the future moves the Lakers will do if they do any.
Lakers assistant general manager Ryan West has a strong relationship and history with Pelinka, and would likely be considered a significant part of a new front-office regime, league sources said.
"I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself", said owner Jeannie Buss in the announcement. This may work out great for the Lakers! "Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect", Jeanie Buss said in a statement posted on the team website.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the best, and most historic, franchises in sports, but they have been the laughing stock of the National Basketball Association for the past few seasons. The Lakers suddenly no longer have a general manager.
"Magic informed us of his decision to accept this opportunity with the Lakers and thus end his current role on NBA Countdown in order to focus on his newfound responsibilities". The truth is that, since Dr. Buss has passed away, the Lakers haven't looked anything like the team that made one shrewd move after another over the prior five decades en route to winning 11 championships and making it to the NBA Finals a staggering 26 times.
"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family". Now he's in search of a new general manager. Johnson has expressed interest in having Bryant return to the organization as well.
The Lakers have been through five coaches' since winning their 16 National Basketball Association title in 2010. He had sold off his stake in 2010.
"Jim loves the Lakers".
Instead, the Lakers have looked like the New York Knicks - a big-market franchise incapable of getting out of its own way. "We are determined to get back to competing to win National Basketball Association championships again".
To make matters worse the Lakers also fired their Head of PR John Black when they probably needed him the most.