Magic Johnson Named President of Basketball Operations

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Los Angeles Lakers fire GM, Mitch Kupchak, and appoint Johnson to rebuild Lakers’ organization. 

The news broke earlier today. According to ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers are making some big changes.

“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,” Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss, Jim’s sister, said in a statement Tuesday. “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. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new general manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

I believe that this serves a great fit for Johnson who is in the NBA’s Hall of Fame and played 13 seasons for the Lakers. The Lakers were the team to beat back in the days of Magic and Kobe. Now, with new leadership, they might be able to go back to those days.

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