Is Magic Johnson a good choice to lead the Lakers? | The Tylt
The Los Angeles Lakers just named Magic Johnson the President of Operations. Magic Johnson is a NBA legend with a deep understanding of basketball, now employed by a team whose fans actually believe Magic is "magic." But critics argue the drastic personnel change is a bad move for both Magic and the Lakers. Magic a passionate spokesperson for the game, but he's never run a professional basketball team before. What do you think? 🏀
Is Magic Johnson a good choice to lead the Lakers?
The Lakers pushed out general manager Mitch Kupchak and operations chief Jim Buss, and added Magic. But did the Lakers make a good or bad move?
The Vertical's Chris Mannix's wrote that leading the Lakers won't be easy for Magic, but he can still either fail or succeed at this.
First: Johnson is not a general manager. He needs a staff that knows the league and has relationships with key people in it. Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ new GM, is a good start. Pelinka is a player agent, and there is a history of ex-agents, most notably Golden State GM Bob Myers, having success. Assistant GM Ryan West, son of Jerry West, is another important piece. Over the next few months Johnson must flesh out the Lakers’ front office with experienced, skilled people.
Mannix says Magic needs to scout hard to succeed. But there's a great chance that this was a bad move for Johnson and the Lakers.
Magic Johnson can be good at this job. But it’s foolish to think because he’s Magic Johnson that he will. Success in other walks of NBA life means little.
But Johnson says he's ready to put in the work. ESPN's Baxter Holmes wrote:
Johnson is competitive and will move fast and aggressively to help turn around his beloved Lakers, an organization that has missed the playoffs for three straight years and is coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 record. But for all his credibility, charm and success both as a player and a businessman, Johnson knows that repairing the Lakers will take time and perhaps more effort than any endeavor he has so far taken on."I'm not naive to that," he said, "but I'm excited about that."
Washington Post writer Des Bieler pointed out Magic's "historic," and often incorrect, NBA predictions. Click the link to check 'em out.
It remains to be seen how hands-on Johnson is, in terms of day-to-day team operations, but he certainly will be expected to have a keen understanding of the NBA landscape and be able to identify talented players worth acquiring.
Some skeptics simply don't think Magic is qualified for the role.
Congrats to Magic Johnson, who, like many of my friends, has tweeted his way into a job he's probably not qualified for.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) February 21, 2017
But Magic was one of the best Lakers of all-time, and he's still immersed in the game.
Did You Know: New Lakers president Magic Johnson is the first team president in NBA history that would also be the best player on his team— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) February 21, 2017