Earlier this month Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson returned to the LA Lakers as the basketball and business adviser to owner Jeanie Buss.
Just weeks after his appointment, Buss promoted Johnson as president of basketball operations meaning Jim Buss, Jeanie’s brother, is now no longer in that role.
Also announced was Mitch Kupchak’s termination as general manager.
“I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss said.
“Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me.
“Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order.
“Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”
Johnson was drafted with the Lakers in 1979 when the team were in a down period and hadn’t competed in a NBA Finals for seven years. After Magic joined the team, the Lakers made nine of the next twelve finals.
“It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family,” said Johnson.
“Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization.
“I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players.
“We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”