Most of the Lakeshow fan base has been in a deep coma waiting on anything to change in their organization. After the owner of the Lakers, Jerry Buss passed away in 2013 at the age of 80, his children took over the Lakers, but the once dominate team had very little success since Dr. Buss’s death.
On Tuesday, the Lakers made the decision to fire a boat load of the front office members to spark a new change in the organization starting with firing Jim Buss, the VP of Basketball operations and hired Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the new VP. Before Magic’s hiring, the 5-time NBA champion says at the beginning of February, he would hire Kobe Bryant for any position if he was in charge. Johnson says, “First call i make if I’m in charge? Kobe Bryant. Because Kobe understands winning.”
Of course that statement started rumors, Kobe would be the next General Manager of the Lakers but, not so fast my friend. According to Bleacher Report, Kobe will not be in any position with the Lakers anytime soon,
“The Lakers will not be trying to strong-arm Bryant into some prominent official role now that his longtime agent, Rob Pelinka, is set up to replace Mitch Kupchak as Lakers general manager. It’s not time for that in Bryant’s mind, so it’s not happening.”
What’s the next best thing to Kobe? His agent, Rob Pelinka, duh! Lakers hired announced they hired Pelinka hours after firing Kupchak. Lakers former manager, hired in 2000, released a statement on his former team.
“I would like to thank the Buss family for 36 incredible years. In particular I would like to acknowledge Dr. Buss who brought me here as a player in 1981. I also want to thank every Laker player, coach, and staff member with whom I have worked and who supported me through the good times and the very few not so good times. I am most disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to continue to work with Luke and watch this young and talented team grow and eventually win in the Laker tradition. Finally, my best wishes to Earvin Johnson and the Laker organization going forward.”
Let’s see how well Magic can handle his new position with the Lakers as he always made his opinion known on his Twitter account.
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