THE FUTURE OF THE LAKERS
They say all good things must come to an end — that is exactly what happened with the Los Angeles Lakers. They can’t seem to get a grip to bounce back from their slump.
What used to be a power house, now seems to be a house that barely has power. It is as if the Lakers need a little magic to help them rise back to the top.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
That was the name heard around the world on Tuesday, February 21, 2017… the day Johnson was named the Lakers’ president of basketball operations after general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss were released from their duties.
This is the day LakeShow fans regained some hope in the purple and gold.
It takes an army to build a team but this is the beginning of something good. Great teams start with great leadership, and given the Lakers’ record over the last couple of years, this is something that has been lacking in the City of Angles.
“Magic” seems like the perfect guy for the job considering his tie to the Lakers and his successful track record.
As most people know, he was one of the most successful Lakers’ player of all time — he was one of the best basketball players of all time.
He is a powerful business owner — he created Magic Johnson Enterprises. He also has investments in the Los Angeles Dodgers and in the Los Angeles Sparks. Some people credit him for putting the Dodgers back on the radar — Magic knows how to win.
With his winning mentality, his history with the Lakers, his connection to L.A. and his relationship with the Buss family, he will be able at least make the beginning steps in guiding this team to be what it once was.
A 180-degree turn will not happen overnight and Jonson has admitted to that himself.
Some people, including fans, can’t even name the starting lineup so that’s a start. With the way the Lakers are looking right now, they are pretty much set to tank the rest of the season, which in their case it’s actually a good thing because that means they will have better draft pick — Kobe Bryant left some big shoes to fill.
The one thing (some would argue otherwise) that the Lakers have going in their favor, is that they are a young team. They can still be molded if done correctly.
At the end of the day, L.A. loves to win so if the Lakers want to be the powerhouse basketball team here in the sports capital of the world, Johnson is going to have to make many changes.
But for now, good move, Lakers.