Magic Johnson Named President Of Basketball Operations By The Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have officially announced that Earvin “Magic” Johnson will take over as president of basketball operations for the team in the franchise’s effort to restructure their front office.
“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,” Johnson said in a statement Tuesday. “Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return ur Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”
OFFICIAL: @MagicJohnson named President of Basketball Operations in front office restructuring. https://t.co/Zyz3HMbosr 1/2 pic.twitter.com/b8HezpW3Uc
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 21, 2017
Los Angeles Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss announced his decision to bring Johnson on as the head of basketball operations on Tuesday. He also announced that general manager Mitch Kupchak and Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss have been relieved of their duties.
“Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Buss said. “Effective immediately Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me.”
“Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order,” Buss continued. “Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”
“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. We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.”
Magic won five NBA championships as a player for the Lakers and three NBA Finals MVP awards. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Laker legend recently said he would seek the help of a fellow Laker great Kobe Bryant if he was brought into the front office, so Kobe should be getting a call very soon if it hasn’t happened already.