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Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Dee4Three on Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:23 am

Lakers fire Mitch Kupchak, and name Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations. Jim Buss also relieved of his duties as GM.

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/02/21/lakers-fire-mitch-kupchak-name-magic-johnson-president-basketball-ops
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:41 am

For the Lakers' sake, I hope he evaluates players and Draft prospects better than he analyses basketball games.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby [Q] on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:48 am

Finally. This is what conservatives felt like when Trump was elected lol
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:55 am

Do you think Magic is the person to make all the right moves for the Lakers? He's a successful businessman, and obviously one of the all-time greats of the game, but that doesn't always translate to success in an NBA front office.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:40 am

Woj reports...

Lakers are finalizing a multi-year agreement with agent Rob Pelinka as general manager, league sources tell @TheVertical. He'll start soon.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Book_Gazette on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:39 am

As a Lakers fan the past few years, it's been tough to watch many of the games always knowing that we were the contenders just a few years back. I see this is as something that really is good to know that the franchise has missed already 3 (to be 4) straight playoffs and something needs to be changed.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:50 pm

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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Bruce on Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:49 pm

Not a big fan of the Magic appointment. Rob Pelinka being named Gm though might help pull in some big names? I hope Jerry West comes back even in an advisory role.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:33 pm

Pelinka will obviously be knowledgeable when it comes to the CBA, and experienced at negotiations. Whether he can put together a team is yet to be seen.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Jeffx on Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:00 am

Laker fans need to calm down. As we've seen, great player/coach doesn't mean great executive (see Phil Jackson). Magic is a novice at this - he needs to surround himself with top-flight people (especially a capologist) and stay out of the way.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Bruce on Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:19 am

MJ, Bird, Unseld and Baylor all sucked in their respective front office roles, about the only exception is Jerry West. Dumars a distant second? except for that championship in '05, the Pistons has also sucked.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:27 am

Dumars had a solid run, with the Pistons going to the Eastern Conference Finals several years in a row, as well as two NBA Finals and the championship in 2004. Bird hasn't been too bad, either.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby [Q] on Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:28 am

Jeffx wrote:Laker fans need to calm down. As we've seen, great player/coach doesn't mean great executive (see Phil Jackson). Magic is a novice at this - he needs to surround himself with top-flight people (especially a capologist) and stay out of the way.

I wouldn't say that I'm happy it's Magic taking over, but more importantly Jim buss is gone
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Jeffx on Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:02 am

Bruce wrote:MJ, Bird, Unseld and Baylor all sucked in their respective front office roles, about the only exception is Jerry West. Dumars a distant second? except for that championship in '05, the Pistons has also sucked.


How could you forget the bang-up job Isiah did in NY?
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Andrew on Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:59 am

[Q] wrote:I wouldn't say that I'm happy it's Magic taking over, but more importantly Jim buss is gone


Speaking of which: Jeanie Buss says she probably waited too long to fire her brother Jim

Next family get-together is going to be a bit awkward.
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby Bruce on Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:27 pm

[Q] wrote:
Jeffx wrote:but more importantly Jim buss is gone


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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby air gordon on Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:07 am

Lakers fans

So were these hiring just done in house? Seems a little peculiar how this went down
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby [Q] on Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:32 am

Yeah didn't seem like there was much of an interview process, but I guess it's good that they didn't waste anyone's time
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Re: Magic Johnson named Lakers Head of Basketball Operations - Kupchak fired

Postby air gordon on Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:45 am

fair enough. 3 out of the 4 nba's most profitable franchises are now run by former players... lakers, knicks, bulls. i wonder who creeps back into respectability first
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