NBA legend Magic Johnson was recently brought on to right the young, sometimes struggling Lakers. And he doesn’t plan to be involved in title only.
Per USA Today:
Magic Johnson said he wants to “call the shots’’ for the Los Angeles Lakers, a week after it was announced he has rejoined the team as an adviser to owner Jeanie Buss.
“Working to call the shots, because it only works that way,’’ Johnson told USA TODAY Sports when asked what he hopes his role with the franchise will be. “Right now I’m advising. I get that. But at the end of the day, then we all got to come together and somebody’s got to say, ‘I’m making the final call,’ all right? And who’s that going to be?
“So, we’ll see what happens.’’
Johnson led the Lakers to five championships as a 6-foot-9 point guard in the 1980s. Yes, a 6-9 point guard. There hasn’t been one since.
Can he work (ahem) magic with a Lakers team that has been trying to stay afloat in the post-Kobe Bryant era?
Well, from the sounds of things, Johnson sure intends to try — as the main man who calls the shots.
As Hoops Rumors wrote:
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive VP of basketball operations Jim Buss have made the personnel decisions in Los Angeles for the last several years. However, at least one recent report has been critical of the job Kupchak has done in free agency, and Buss vowed during the 2013/14 season that he’d step down in three or four years if the Lakers hadn’t developed into a title contender by that point.
With Johnson now entering that mix, it remains to be seen whether all three men will still be involved in basketball decisions during the coming offseason, and which of them will have the final say on roster moves. In comments to Peter, Johnson suggested that the decision on his role rests with owner Jeanie Buss, adding that he expects that decision to be made by the end of the season. In the meantime, the former Lakers star is hitting the books to brush up on the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and salary cap.
Will Magic be the man to save LA? Well, he did it once. This time, he’ll have to do it without making a shot, dribble or pass.