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Magic in charge of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss relieved of their duties. - Lakers Pulse

Magic in charge of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss relieved of their duties.

Magic in charge of the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss relieved of their duties.

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Today it was announced by Jeanie Buss the Lakers will be going in new direction with a front office shake up. Magic Johnson will be the President of Basketball Operations and Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will be gone.

Despite whatever Kevin Ding’s hit piece says, this is terrible news. Mitch and Jim may have made mistakes, but at least they were not learning the CBA 10 days ago.

Outside Mitch and Jerry West himself, former players have a spoty track record as executives. Dell Demps just pull the heist of the century with the DeMarcus Cousins trade, but before that, the Pelicans were among the worst run front offices in the NBA. Isiah Thomas was terrible with the Knicks. Joe Dumar decided to pair Greg Monroe, Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Brandon Jennings creating the worst shooting line up ever. Vlade Divac has been a joke in Sacramento. Only Larry Bird has been even average. Even Doc Rivers has been questionable in his executive role with the Clippers. See where I am getting at…

On top of that, Magic has no track record of being a good judge of talent and skill. He seems to have a fixation on superstars (something hindsight lovers criticize Mitch and Jim on). He has no experience negotiating trades (hopefully his business expertise can come into play here). And for my trump card, he was a Byron Scott supporter, if you don’t remember from Mr.Cross-Arms introductory conference. This likely shows Magic is a fan of the “old-school” (translation: Thinking of people who haven’t moved on from their youth) where analytics mean nothing and you build a traditional basketball team. There is absolutely no reason to think Magic will do well in his new job. I mean this is a following his takes on NBA moves.


The Lakers also mentioned they will be looking for a new General Manager. Hopefully they bring someone with some experience in running a front office (Magic will probably bring in his trust side-kick James Worthy). Maybe Jesse or Ryan West, two people largely involved with the fantastic core the Lakers now have. Sam Hinkie is another one (I would say king of asset collection, but he is closer to a god). There are lots of unknown assistant GMs out there. That being said, Magic will have final say on basketball issues. So this will only help so much.

I can’t help but think of the timing of all this. Maybe Magic, the Twitter master, decided to tell Jeanie about Mitch and Jim’s unwillingness to part with Ingram and likely Russell for superstar DeMarcus Cousins, and that was the last straw. I will not be shocked if the Lakers give out their entire core for Jimmy Butler by Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Lakers also parted ways with long time spokesperson John Black. I am not really an expert in PR and have no opinion on this.

Maybe Magic will prove me wrong. He deserves some chance to prove himself. But judging by the signs provided, this could genuinely be one of the worst days in Laker history.