Instead of directing traffic on the court, Magic Johnson will now be calling shots from the Lakers front office.
Johnson was named the President of Basketball Operations of the Lakers Tuesday morning, replacing Jim Buss. Lakers fans should be excited, you can only go up from here. The question is what impact will Johnson have in the long-term for the Lakers?
Over the last few seasons, the Lakers have taken a back seat to the rest of the NBA. Johnson said Tuesday, “I understand what I’m up against, but I’m here for the long haul, and eventually we will turn it around.” Johnson is accustomed to winning, now he hopes to re-establish that culture in LA.
The Lakers went 17-65 last season, posting their worst season in franchise history. Currently under rookie Head Coach Luke Walton, they’re 19-39, the third worst record in the NBA. With his competitive and aggressive nature, mixed with off-court savvy, Johnson hopes to place the Lakers in a position for a successful future. Johnson has had success at every level: NCAA champion, NBA champion, and profound businessman. His next assignment is to rebuild a once magical franchise, who else to do it but Johnson.