To say Richard Jefferson is in the know when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers would be a vast understatement.
After all, he was the best man for former coach Luke Walton at his wedding and remains close with former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James and former coach Tyronn Lue.
Appearing on The Sedano Show on Thursday, Jefferson made it a point to emphasize one thing when it comes to the Lakers — general manager Rob Pelinka has to go.
While telling host Jorge Sedano he cannot reveal all he knows about the Lakers, Jefferson made his point clear in regard to Pelinka.
“It’s not that many things that need to be changed (with the Lakers), but there are some major things that need to be changed,” Jefferson said. “One of them is that Rob Pelinka has gotta go. Gotta go.”
Jefferson said it’s up to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss to come to the same conclusion.
“If I am the owner — now listen, one thing that I’ve heard is that if you listen to the fans, you’ll be sitting with the fans,” he said.
‘I’m not trying to say make everyone happy, but at some point in time, Jeanie Buss has to take a step back and say, ‘Why is it everyone that knows anything about basketball, that’s not associated with the Lakers, thinks that we’re all a bunch of idiots?’”
Jefferson does not see Pelinka’s former career as an agent having anything to do with him being qualified to run an NBA team.
“I’m not here to say, ‘Oh, Rob will never be good.’ But there’s just too many things as (an) outsider looking in and knowing a lot of the things that have gone on,” he told Sedano. “The lies, the deceit, how Magic Johnson left. And I’ve said this multiple times, if you want to have any inside look into how the Lakers are being run from the inside, look at how Magic Johnson left.”
Jefferson made is clear, his feelings on Pelinka are not personal.
“I don’t think Rob Pelinka is a bad dude,” he said. “I think he’s a very good agent, I think he could be a very good executive but he needs more checks and balances around him.”