Magic Johnson’s decision to suddenly step down as the Los Angeles Lakers’ President of Basketball Operations was a stunning one. The team decided today how they are going to go about replacing their franchise legend.
In short, they aren’t. According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, no one is stepping in to fill the void Johnson left when he resigned on April 9.
Instead, the team will have GM Rob Pelinka report directly to ownership. Johnson had been the middle man between Pelinka and Jeanie Buss.
The Lakers have decided they will not hire a President of Basketball Operations to replace Magic Johnson, a team source told ESPN.
General manager Rob Pelinka will continue in his role, reporting directly to ownership. Pelinka had previously reported to Johnson
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) May 17, 2019
According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, it looks like Pelinka, Buss and the Rambis’ will collectively run the show.
That likely isn’t a good thing, considering the state of the franchise right now.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) May 17, 2019
Look, Magic certainly had his missteps as part of the front office. But it looks like he got out at a good time.
The once-mighty Lakers seem to be quite dysfunctional.