- Alex Boone, 49ers reach contract agreement, per report
- Charles Woodson on Raiders’ relocation: ‘It’d be devastating’
- Matt Schaub iffy in Sunday training camp
- Alvin Gentry says Shaquille O’Neal ambushed teammates naked
- Sacramento Kings unveil new 2014 home, away jerseys
- NFL Training Camp 2014: Chargers season preview
- Raiders training camp 2014: Darren McFadden unfazed by demotion
- Tiger Woods injury: PGA Championship status unknown, future cloudy
- Outdoor game between Sharks and Kings leaked
- WGC Bridgestone Invitational 2014: Tiger Woods struggles with Round 2 71
Lakers free agency news: Magic Johnson offers assistance
- Updated: February 7, 2014
As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to trek through their difficult 2013-14 season, former Laker great Magic Johnson on Wednesday offered a lending a hand if needed to help the team get back on track to having championship parades down Figueroa blvd. once again.
Johnson has made it known in the past that he would do whatever it takes to help the franchise that he won five NBA titles as a player, but also stated this week that his contributions to the team ultimately lies in the hands of part owner Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, and head coach Mike D’Antoni.
“I’ve been in a lot of different things with the Lakers, but it’s up to them — Jim, Mitch, Coach D’Antoni — to decide who they want,” Johnson told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday. “Once they make their decision, they say, ‘Hey, Earvin, can you put in a call to so-and-so?’”
Over the past couple of seasons, Johnson has been very critical of the Lakers’ management, in particular Jim Buss, as he has stated on many occasion that Buss is unwilling to receive help and Johnson blames him for much of the organization’s lack of success since his father, Jerry Buss, passed away last year.
But Johnson has appeared to put his personal opinions about Jim aside, and is now willing to help the team this upcoming offseason in the free agency process by trying to recruit players over to the Lakers.
“I’ve done that in the past,” Johnson told reporters. “I told Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom.”
Although Johnson disagrees with much of what the Lakers’ front office has handled things over the past few years, he wants nothing more than for the team to hoist another Larry O’Brien trophy.
Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images
Bob Garcia IV
Latest posts by Bob Garcia IV (see all)
- West Coast sports roundup, Week 35: Pac-12 Conference cruises in opening week, Angels sweep A’s - September 1, 2014
- How will Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant fare in the same backcourt? - August 31, 2014
- Lakers work out Michael Beasley for 2nd time - August 27, 2014