The Los Angeles Lakers have not been the same with its winning ways since the 2013 death of former Owner Dr. Jerry Buss. The team made major headlines on Tuesday afternoon as Co-owner Jeanie Buss began the changes to the team’s front office.
The Lakers have relieved general manager Mitch Kupchak and Vice President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss from their duties. Magic Johnson has been brought back into the fold and has been named the President of Basketball Operations.
“The purple and gold standard really dictated that the status quo wasn’t acceptable to go from (27) wins to 21 wins to 17 wins — to watch it erode like that wasn’t Lakers basketball,” said Buss. “It wasn’t wasn’t this organization stands for, so it was time for a change.”
Johnson is determined to get his beloved organization back to its winning ways and likes some of the young pieces currently on the roster.
“We have really good, young talent. We have to develop that young talent. I’m looking forward to getting out on the court with them,” said Johnson.
The Lakers have an opening at its general manager position and are rumored to be following the blueprint of the Golden State Warriors of bringing an agent into the general manager role. Rob Pelinka, the agent of Kobe Bryant is the favorite to be hired into the general manager’s role. Ryan West, the son of Lakers legend Jerry West is expected to have a significant role in the front office as well.
Johnson did not wait long to get to work as he made his first transaction sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first round pick. The Lakers may not be done at the NBA Trade Deadline and have been rumored to be interested in Indiana Pacers’ star Paul George.
The Lakers have the front office pieces in place to get the team back to is winning ways. It will take some time, but Lakers fans should be optimistic for the future with Magic Johnson being able to recruit stars and develop its young core.