Carr wants Kobe to come rescue Lakers after Magic quits

11 April, 2019, 00:58 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Magic Johnson, in typical Magic Johnson fashion, stole the spotlight last night with his impromptu press conference in which he announced he would be stepping down as President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Johnson was asked about whether he believes Rob Pelinka is the right person to be general manager and Walton to be the coach, he said "that's a decision Jeanie has to make".

Walton is expected to be fired as the head coach of the Lakers following a disappointing 2018-19 season, though that hasn't happened yet.

The Lakers entered the season with high expectations after they signed star LeBron James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in July.

The Lakers will close the regular season tonight and if Magic's decision is any indication, nothing but hard work will get them back to the place they used to know.

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Meanwhile, Johnson has no regrets about his time in charge of the Lakers. On his infamous early-season meeting with Luke: "I think everybody blew that up". He later told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he didn't tell Buss first because he was afraid she would have talked him out of it. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking this job".

"I'm going to go on the record and say this".

According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers.

Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. They opened with a 20-14 record, but James suffered a strained groin on December 25.

League rules prevent Johnson from publicly commenting on opposing players or pending free agents.

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