Magic Johnson Has Stepped Down As Lakers President Of Basketball Operations

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ohiowhitesnake's picture

Guess you could say he ran out of tricks. 

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

He made himself disappear

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Buctor's picture

Not a Lakers fan.  But enjoyed watching him because h looked to enjoy the game so much.  It's a game, it should be fun to play!

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buckeyenut74's picture

They got Lebron to take that role. 

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Jay Lawerence's Laugh's picture

Very underrated comment.

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djjc_buckeyegrad's picture

As a Cavs fan, this comment is very accurate. 

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

His potential lack of focus could be related to the many other businesses he owns.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Johnson_Enterprises

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Rocket Man's picture

Yes, he is a very busy dude.

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bucknut1994's picture

When you trade D Lo for some cap room 

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RunningFree's picture

And they thought they'd fill their need by drafting Ball.  How's that working for them?

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Das Hufeisen's picture

This is a surprise. I wonder what LeBron thinks.

Which makes me curious- how many games are the Lakers out of the 8th playoff spot in the West?

Not one, not two, not three, not four . . .

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Hovenaut's picture

(That's my hunch)

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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buckz4evr's picture

I agree. It's called the Lebron Factor.

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HOLYbucknut's picture

So maybe Luke Walton isn’t/wasn’t the problem all along?

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Elks' comb over's picture

I think the problem is Magic and probably Lebron want Walton replaced while Buss is a hard no on that. It makes this whole situation all the more interesting if she stands her ground for Luke. Magic is doing this to try and force her hand to fire Luke and take bad PR off him in my opinion. He is a face of that franchise.

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Benwin's picture

David Griffin and Ty Lue?

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NHBuckeye's picture

Griffin would be a tremendous hire for them.  

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Kangarooman's picture

Griffin knows better. We all know how it goes. LeBron makes all the personnel decisions and if they dont work out then some one else takes the blame.

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Fear The Elf's picture

Griffin basically inherited a team with LeBron, Kyrie and Love and tons of assets, and 4 years later the team is 2nd worst in the NBA. A lot of his acquisitions were bad.

He doesn't even have assets to waste in LA.

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aphilly02's picture

He did a spectacular job during LeBron's first 3 years. I'm not sure what acquisitions by him were that bad in all honesty... He was dealt a hand and shaped a roster to win a title.

He traded for Smith, Shumpert and Mozgov. Those 3 guys that were essential to their run to the finals in 2015. Then traded for Frye in 2016, who is credited with changing the culture that helped win the 2016 finals (He also was on fire in the 2016 playoff run when he got minutes). He also traded for Kyle Korver who contributed to create one of the best offenses in NBA history in 2017. 

No matter what, he stil had to create the deals. Can also credit him for signings like Jefferson (I kow LBJ definitely is credited for getting good veteran free agents to come to the Cavs).

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Kangarooman's picture

Smith, Shumpert, and Mozgov were amazing acquisitions for what they gave up. Smith had a couple great seasons here.

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Fear The Elf's picture

The Mozgov deal was terrible at the time and worse now. 2 firsts for a 28 year old center who had barely played up to that point. We would've made the Finals in 2015 with alot of centers. We basically gave up 2 firsts for 2 months of average center play.

The Waiters for Shump/JR/1st deal was good. However, he wasted the 1st on Mozgov. And he signed Shump and JR to expensive deals after their contracts were up the hamstrung the Cavs going forward.

Besides bad contracts with Shump and JR, TT also got a bad deal. And rather than sign Delly to a reasonable longer deal in 2015, he had him play on a tender, then we couldn't afford him in 2016. Just bad contract management.

As for the Frye and Korver deals: more wasted assets that got us nothing. Channing Frye is a good teammate, but he's not going to suddenly change the culture of a team with LeBron James on it. Korver was a great shooter, but we didn't need offense to compete with Golden State. Neither Kover nor Frye did anything to help us remotely compete with GS. They "helped" us get to the Finals which we would've gotten to anyways.

And this isn't discounting him spending 3 picks to acquire Luol Deng for a couple months, 2 picks to acquire Spencer Hawes for a couple months, and a 1st to get rid of Varejao's awful contract. The amount of wasted assets on players who did nothing to help us win a title is quite staggering.

Cavs were great because Grant drafted Kyrie when everyone told him to take Derrick Williams, we won the Wiggins lotto which allowed to make an easy trade with Minnesota, and LeBron felt bad about how he left the 1st time so he came back. Griffin is the biggest reason the team fell apart, IMO.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

The part about Magic not being willing or able to put in the work was a concern I heard from a lot of observers at the time he was hired. Once it became clear that it wasn't going to be a matter of just signing a bunch of free agents attracted by LeBron and the Laker brand, and likewise clear that the three straight years they had the #2 pick basically didn't do them any good at all in terms of finding championship players, he lost interest — shades of the way Rick Pitino checked out in Boston after the Celtics lost the Tim Duncan lottery.

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Yankee Buckeye's picture

I am thinking LaVar will step in to take the job

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BuckeyeFan150's picture

my initial thought when I heard this was, damn Lebron must be furious, but after thinking about it I wanna say the reason Magic left was due to LeBron forcing him out. Wouldn’t be shocked if Kobe was chosen to run that soap opera franchise. 

Still to this day I’m shocked Lebron thought going to LA was a good basketball move. He had it made in the east and is well outta contention for the west for many years to come. 

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nutabuckas's picture

I’m still convinced lebron moved to la for his family rather than a basketball move, (maybe his decision was affected a llittle bit by the novelty and mystique that comes w wearing a lakers uni) but so cal sunshine beats out Midwest winters

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NorCal Buckeye's picture

As long as you can deal with the constant earthquakes, wildfires, bum poop and 10% sales tax.

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Fear The Elf's picture

If it was a basketball decision, he would've went to Philly.

His family wanted to live in LA and he has a movie about to shoot, so LA made more sense in that regard.

Hell, staying in Cleveland would've been a better basketball move.

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stxbuck's picture

It's not about pure hoops for LeBron anymore. He sees himself as a new Oprah type "entrepreneur/multi-media God/woke political oracle" and Lala land is the place to do that. Jordan was all hoops, all the time (when he wasn't gambling/golfing) for his entire career.

A few years ago I remember LeBron saying "I want my children to attend SVSM"............things change............

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BuckeyeGoneNuts's picture

What I don't get is, why not simply wait a few more minutes until the season is actually over and then retire/quit/whatever??   Why do it right before the last game of the season?  Doesn't make any sense.

From the outside looking in it just looks like Magic wanted a job where he could be the figurehead and the face, but what they actually needed was someone to really buckle down and be able to handle the mechanics of the job.  The idea that someone will be a good team president or GM just because they were a great player or coach is just a fallacy (see: Jackson, Phil).  The LA market is a desirable one for free agents, and the Lakers are a big brand name, but those two things alone are not sufficient to build a team.  They need a good GM that can put pieces in place.

Also, Lebron is one of the best to every play, but every organization that he's in ends up in shambles because he's just too big of a force and has too much power within the organization. 

Very interesting watching this stuff play out though......

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youra6's picture

Because for the Lakers the season is already over...

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stxbuck's picture

This. Also, quitting now puts some emphasis on his disgust/frustration w/ whatever is going on. Making an announcement in August wouldn't have the same impact.

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dwersch11's picture

Sooooo is Walton going to survive? What does this mean for the Lakers?

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aphilly02's picture

I have to imagine this makes the Lakers less likely to be players in free agency this summer. Wasn't Magic running the team part of the pitch to stars that were going to come join LeBron? 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Will any of his aides stay behind to train his replacement?

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CincyBucksFan's picture

He was a horrible front office guy.  Trading DLO and refusing to even offer Julius Randle a contract were horrible horrible decisions.  It seemed like the entirety of the front office decided that the player you were at 22 or 23 was the player you would be for the rest of your career.  Now they both have continued to improve and it is clear they both could have helped the lakers tremendously this season. Good riddance 

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NHBuckeye's picture

Maybe they try to bring Jerry West 'home'?   

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tcm1968's picture

The interesting nugget about this is Magic met with LeBron and Rich Paul on Saturday and then a few days later resigns. Sure seems like Magic heard something at that meeting he didn't like... makes me wonder if maybe LeBron is having buyers remorse and either wants out of at the very least open to the idea of leaving. Magic starts thinking this thing isn't working with LeBron... you lose LeBron and it's REALLY not working.... time to jump ship... 

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Elks' comb over's picture

I'm thinking it is a rift between Buss and Johnson, not Lebron. Buss wants to go one way and I don't believe she told Johnson he could fire Walton. Johnson wants to replace him with a better coach. Whether that coach is to fit with Lebron or the organization is the other question. Johnson's hands are probably tied and he sees no fun in continuing to take the blame for the organization in the remaining time with Lebron. It is his reputation on the line and would be part of his legacy with the Lakers.

Lebron may have walked himself right into the hands of another Dan Gilbert (from his early career) that refuses to pander to his needs wants and throw money at a sky high luxury tax bill. Hilarious.

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tcm1968's picture

I think that's a BIG part of it... Sure sounds like Magic wanted to fire Walton and Pelinka and got the ok to fire Walton but not Pelinka.

But some rumblings today LeBron doesn't want to play with all the kids on the roster, didn't like Walton etc.. Still think it's possible Magic was just being realistic with things and as he said from when they got LeBron it was a 3 year process..  and Magic just realized they were stuck. Buss wouldn't move on from Pelinka and you can't win with Pelinka as your GM and LeBron doesn't want to play with a roster full of kids and there's no path to fix that... especially with Pelinka as the GM.. 

LeBron clearly picked the Lakers because it was the best path to make him a billionaire. If he wanted to win there were a half dozen better teams including staying put on the Cavs.. Just have to wonder if LeBron thought the worst case was an early exit from the playoffs and then it got much worse. Embarrassing worse and you have to wonder if maybe LeBron doesn't start thinking legacy and another run at a championship after sort of having a year off... 

That's what I was getting at... like Magic and Pelinka saying something jokingly like "it's not like you want to leave"... and LeBron not really shutting that down and Magic thinking "ruh roh"... 

CLEARLY wishful thinking but would love to see what would happen if the Cavs snagged the #1 pick in the draft and offered it to the Lakers for LeBron... 

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Beantown_Buckeye's picture

Magic was completely correct in understanding who he is and what he can offer to the NBA and basketball in general. He was not suited to run basketball operations of an NBA team in 2019. That job is now far more complex than simply being a basketball legend. Giving away two young building blocks in Russell and Randle for nothing was catastrophic. The way he went about handling the AD situation and pressuring NO publicly to trade him backfired.

I like Magic and he seems like a good dude but there is no excuse to embarrass the franchise by announcing this with no warning to the media. He did not quit face to face with Jeannie Buss and give the franchise a chance to handle this properly. That is simply unprofessional, I don't care what field you are in. He proved once again on the way out he is ill-suited to work in corporate for someone else.

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Elks' comb over's picture

Him not quitting face to face is one of the reasons I think there is turmoil between him and Buss. They both want to take the team in different directions and she probably pulled the owner card.

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Das Hufeisen's picture

It all makes sense now. Rob Pelinka is a Michigan man. Magic of course is a Sparty guy. Together they conspired to commit collusion and get rid of one of the few Buckeyes in the NBA. The unsurprising result was disaster, calamity, and dumpster fires.

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Hovenaut's picture

This deserves more upvotes.

I'm not around that much, running exhausted and lost...

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Das Hufeisen's picture

The Lakers will not hiring a replacement for Magic Johnson. Rob Pelinka will continue as GM and report to Jeannie Buss. Lebron has to be thrilled.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26770003/lakers-not-hire-replacement-...

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Das Hufeisen's picture

ESPN has a new article today detailing the culture in the Lakers franchise the last two years:

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26821790/lakers-20-failed-reboot-nba-...

Basically Rich Paul was an influence even before LeBron signed there.  Quite a circus:

"Coaches know Rich is trying to get them fired, and players know Rich is trying to get them traded," said one agent with ties to the Lakers, who called Paul's presence on the plane "destructive."

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