Magic Johnson definitely has some clout.
Shortly after being named an adviser to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month, the Hall of Famer and five-time NBA champion spoke about his desire to "call the shots" for the franchise during an appearance on ESPN's First Take just last week.
Well, the organization heard its former legendary player loud and clear, naming him the president of basketball operations on Tuesday in a splashy set of announcements, which also included letting the longtime Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak, go and removing Jim Buss from his post as the EVP of basketball operations.
As of now, it's unclear whether Johnson's role as Lakers president will have him in charge of the team's day-to-day operations or if the franchise will hire a new GM.
But it's more than clear that Johnson has power, assuming this position a week after letting it be known that he would love to be Lakers president.
The next question could be, will Kobe Bryant be the next Lakers' legend added to the franchise's front office?
During Johnson's appearance on First Take, he didn't hesitate, saying, "Oh, the first call I'd make — if I'm in charge — Kobe Bryant because Kobe understands winning, he understands also these players."
Johnson even went as far as to say that he'd offer his fellow five-time champion any role he wanted.
With Magic Johnson calling the shots, are the Lakers about to make some trade-deadline moves?
Even if they stand pat, you'd think it's going to be a hot summer in LA for the purple and gold.
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