Jeanie Buss and Lakers fans everywhere have had enough of her brother ruining the prestigious Los Angeles franchise. Jim Buss. who has been running the team since 2013 since the death of Dr. Jerry Buss, has been relieved of his duties as his executive VP of basketball operations for the Lakers effective immediately.
Lakers make Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations, fire GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss, team says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 21, 2017
Lakers remove Hall of Famer and Lakers legend Magic Johnson from staff listings. pic.twitter.com/tmP6Iw9q5D
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 12, 2016
Magic Johnson will take over as the new President of Basketball Operations for Lakers. In related moves, Mitch Kupchak (general manager) and Jim Buss (executive VP of basketball ops) have been relieved of their duties. Jeanie announced the moves today in a press release.
Coincidentally, the Lakers refused to give up Brandon Ingram over the weekend so that they could land DeMarcus Cousins. You have to wonder if that decision was a catalyst for the front office moves as you know Magic really thinks the Lakers need a star. Either way, the Lakers should be a lot of fun to watch (off the court) as we approach both the trade deadline and Magic’s first offseason in charge.