By Jeremy Fitch: DYST/BeyondtheStatistics.com NBA/College Basketball Insider
As many of you have heard over the past few hours, the Los Angeles Lakers relieved GM, Mitch Kupchak and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Jim Buss of their duties.
The replacement is Laker legend Magic Johnson.
With this move Lakers fans, and NBA fans in general should be excited for the future of the franchise. While exciting though, pump the brakes a bit, because this is still going to be a process.
Via beat reporter Mike Trudell, Magic said, “It’s not going to be an easy fix. It’s going to take time. But we have really good young talent – we need to develop it.”
Johnson knows what he is doing though and for the first time in years the Lakers franchise is heading the right direction with Jenni Buss making this move.
In the time Johnson has been head of basketball operations, which has been less than 24 hours, he told the LA Times that, “I’ve been wheeling and dealing,” he was talking about that he had already spoken to ten GMs and have to call two more back after his small news conference.
Many have spoken about the fact that last week Magic said that if he was in charge, his first contact would be to Kobe Bryant.
Well, now Magic is in charge and this is what he said to media earlier today about his plan to contact Kobe, and what that role could be.
” Whatever. Whatever he wants to do.”
We have yet to hear from Kobe if he would be interested, but let it be known that two Laker legends running the franchise would be a dangerous combination for the rest of the league to deal with, especially come free agency.