Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Lakers Hire Rob Pelinka As GM

Lakers Hire Rob Pelinka As GM

But make no mistake, it's now his team, the buck stops with him, the burden falls on him, and Laker fans can only hope Earvin Johnson realizes there's only one way to do this, and it has nothing to do with magic.

Rob Pelinka, a prominent National Basketball Association player agent who represented Kobe Bryant during his career in Los Angeles, will be named Lakers general manager under Johnson, The Vertical first reported.

Jeanie Buss said in written statement after these events that Magic Johnson will take his place immediately, and that the goal for the Lakers won't be struggling for a playoff spot and an average record, but instead achieving championship titles.

In a swathe of changes, the Lakers legend was tasked with bringing back some of the glory days that saw him win five titles for the National Basketball Association franchise in the 1980s.

The move has come as a shock for many Laker fans because many feel Mitch has done a good job choosing young talent in the draft as well as building championship teams.

The most surprising part of the move wasn't that Kupchak and Jim Buss were ousted, it was the timing of the move, which came two days prior to the National Basketball Association trade deadline on Thursday. He previously named Bryant as the greatest Laker of all time during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the best, and most historic, franchises in sports, but they have been the laughing stock of the National Basketball Association for the past few seasons.

Just last season the Lakers won a dismal franchise-low 17 games.

"Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organisation". "Myers has had a spectacular run as Warriors GM, and prior to the overhaul of the Lakers' front office, Myers was the Lakers' top target for GM, league sources said". The real key to whether it all works, though, will be the moves orchestrated by Rob Pelinka, the agent who by all accounts will be the new general manager.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers had initially targeted Golden State Warriors manager Bob Myers, who recently signed an extension with the Bay Area franchise.

"It's about building the winning culture again, that's what it's about now", Johnson said on the Lakers' television network, with Buss sitting next him nodding and smiling in agreement.

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