Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss fired

We tried to tell yall 2 years ago…


NBA GreatestThe Los Angeles Lakers have hired Hall of Famer and five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, the team announced on Tuesday. Long-time general manager Mitch Kupchak was relieved of his duties, and Jim Buss will no longer serve as Lakers executive vice president.

Johnson’s hiring as team president comes just weeks after he stepped into an advisory role with Los Angeles in early February. One week later, the Lakers’ legend told USA Today he wanted to call the shots in the front office.

“Right now I’m advising. I get that,” he said. “But at the end of the day, then we all got to come together and somebody’s got to say, ‘I’m making the final call,’ all right? And who’s that going to be? So, we’ll see what happens.’’

Johnson has been outspoken about Jim Buss’ inability to create a winning team. The Lakers have won just 84 total games since the end of the 2012-13 season and, at a 19-39 record, have fallen short of expectations to take a step forward this season. – SBNation