nerv

February 21st, 2017 at 1:57 PM ^

I've heard some of Magic's personnel and staff ideas and think he is way over his head here. But as someone who can't stand the Lakers I have no problem watching them fail.

Perkis-Size Me

February 21st, 2017 at 2:03 PM ^

Great players don't necessarily make for great GMs. They don't necessarily make for just good ones, either. Does he have any kind of front office experience?

I'm sure all Lakers fans are excited about bringing a hometown hero in to run the organization, but if he has no experience running or managing a team, why will he all of a sudden know how to do it when he's handed the keys to one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent franchises in the league?

Craptain Crunch

February 21st, 2017 at 2:06 PM ^

He has vast experience running a business. Not one but many. Something many players don't have.

While he hasn't run a basketball team, he does know how they operate. 

I wouldn't be so quick to think he won't do well. 

I think he has a good eye for talent and will do a much better job than those he is taking over for. 

Perkis-Size Me

February 21st, 2017 at 2:14 PM ^

I'm not definitively saying he's going to suck or that he won't do well. Just thought it was an interesting pick considering he has no experience in an NBA front office. Granted, whatever the Lakers are doing now hasn't been working and they may need a fresh start, but I just won't be surprised if they continue to flounder. 

loosekanen

February 21st, 2017 at 2:06 PM ^

Devil's advocate to the whole "former players can't do it" groupthink but Jerry West has done alright for himself as a GM. Larry Bird also hasn't been terrible. If Lebron wasn't around that Pacers team would've at least made a Finals.

OwenGoBlue

February 21st, 2017 at 2:27 PM ^

In the lead up to this Magic talked about having a GM handle the hands-on contract/trade work. That structure could work.

Magic also knows just about everyone in the league well through his playing and analyst days. Will be interesting to see how he taps that network (he alluded to calling around for advice within the last month) to his advantage or disadvantage.

CTG

February 21st, 2017 at 2:36 PM ^

Who knows how Magic will do (cannot do any worse than Buss/Kupchak) but getting marquee free agents will make or break him.  3 of the big 4 clippers are free agents this year.  I wonder, if they had gotten Chris Paul, would they even be in this mess.....

 

We'll all know in 2-3 years...

buddha

February 21st, 2017 at 2:36 PM ^

Sparty connection aside, I love Magic Johnson. I think he was an amazing athlete and had been an even better executive and social ambassador in the past 25 years. Although I don't like the Lakers, I wish him all the success in the world (until they play the Warriors!).

mGrowOld

February 21st, 2017 at 2:46 PM ^

For those you not yet familiar with working with a consultant as Magic was let me give you some advice from years of experience.  Once your company brings one in and they are evaluating you - get your resume buffed up cause you're gonna need it.  SOON.  

There hasnt been one consultant engagement in the history of corporate America that didnt end with the following summary report:

1. Your company is an utter disaster.  It's as screwed up as anything we've ever seen.  It's a wonder you guys can still make payroll.

2. The guy in charge of the department you asked us to review?  Why that's the the most screwed up employee in a sea of screwed up employee.  X means well and is a nice guy and all but MAN is he over his head and holding you guys back.

3. As luck would have it, our firm (or in the case of Magic-himself) just so happens to have the precise skillsets you need to extrecate yourself from the craphole you find yourself in.  For the mere sum of (about double whatever the company was paying the guy they're about to get  murdered) we can pull you out of the ditch.  It wont be easy and it will take a long time but with perserverance (and about 5 times what you would've paid somebody internally) we can do it!

I knew those dudes were toast the miniute they announced they had brought Magic in as a consultant to review their basketball operations.