May. 13, 2016
Why Magic Johnson will put the Lakers back on top
As a former basketball player Magic Johnson helped the Lakers reign as a dynasty team. With the recent news that Magic will now be the president of basketball operations for the Lakers, it seems that organization is going to be in better shape than ever.
Magic said on ESPN's First Take before getting the position who his first call would be, "First call I make if I'm in charge? Bryant. Because Kobe understands winning. He understands, also, these players. So I would call, 'What role you want? If you've got a day, just give me that day. I'll take that. Whatever time he has, I want him to come and be a part of it."
Kobe's agent, Rob Pelinka has been hired as the Lakers GM under Magic, which is one step closer to getting Kobe on the management team as well.
As a former Laker, Magic has given the team 5 Championship titles. He also won 3 NBA MVP awards and 2 NBA All-Star MVP awards. After testing positive for HIV in 1991 and announcing retirement, Johnson came to the Lakers near the end of the 1993-1994 season as head coach. However, in 1996 he returned as a player for one more season with the Lakers.
The businessman owns the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks, which have done tremendous in the last few seasons under Johnson's leadership. Johnson didn't wait to take action. With the NBA Draft already in progress, Johnson has made his first move to trade Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick. Johnson said, "Anything to do with trades, [the] draft, is, of course, going to end with me."
Magic had his choice to go other teams such as, the Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knics, who all offered him the same position. It was in Johnson's best interest to follow through and stick with the team that he has already had tremendous success with.
My personal opinion is that the Lakers will thrive as a better team and organization under Johnson's prime position. Dan Le Batard of ESPN may disagree, which I know he does, but in reality Magic understands the process of running a team. Yes, he had some obstacles off the court as a head coach, a show host, and a broadcaster, but this position is something different. He's already made his case of what he's going to do and who he's going to get on staff and on the team.