After stepping down from his honorary Vice President role last summer, Magic Johnson has rejoined the Lakers in an advisory role to President Jeanie Buss. Although he lacks the front office knowledge, Magic rejoining the Lakers should only be a positive. As one of the best players to ever play the game, players look up to Magic and his appeal may have some sway moving forward.
The future of Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, however, appears to be in doubt. The duo set a deadline of “contending” in the Western Playoffs for this season. The Lakers young core is still a good year or two before contending for anything more than a six or seven seed in the conference.
The Lakers would be wise to pave the path for new management to take over that doesn’t involve the Buss family. A young, analytic focused front office could do wonders for the Lakers moving forward.
Lakers Nation News
What Magic Johnson’s return might mean for the future of the Lakers – Yahoo! Sports
Magic returns to Lakers as adviser for Buss – ESPN
Magic Johnson returns to the Lakers and change is on its way – Los Angeles Times
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Should We Feel Good About The Lakers’ Rebuild? – Sports Illustrated
Former Lakers guard Derek Fisher has $300,000 in jewelry stolen from LA home – Fox Sports
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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs reportedly interested in Mavs’ Deron Williams – CBS Sports
NBA reveals participants for 2017 Slam Dunk and Three-Point contests – Fox Sports
NBA rumors: Latest trade deadline news on deals, contracts, more – Sports Illustrated
Report: Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler seeking a trade – NBA.com