The Los Angeles Lakers had a great start this season. At 24-5, they are at the top of the Western Conference and seem to be on their way to ending their current six-season drought. In fact, thanks to the solid game of superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers seem like a legitimate contender for the title for the first time in almost a decade. Although he is no longer with the franchise as an officer, Magic Johnson believes he deserves some credit for the position in which the team is located. Johnson left office as president of basketball operations in April.
“This team would not be in the position it occupies without me,” Johnson said, through the Los Angeles Times. “It was my strategy, that’s what I thought we would be in three years. I knew we were on the right track. Everyone wanted to do it their own way, but I’m fine with who I am.” .. I think people respect what I did for the team. “
Although the Lakers changed things after he left, Johnson does not regret having moved away from the franchise. Although he could have handled his game differently if he had obtained a discount.
“I don’t regret it, I don’t regret it,” Johnson said. “The only thing I would have done otherwise would be to sit down with Jeanie [Buss] and let him know that I’m leaving, sit down with LeBron [James] and let him know … Otherwise, I won’t.” Nothing would have changed. I would have moved away yet … I haven’t talked about everything with Jeanie yet. We will meet and have a meeting where there is no means. Yes, I should have told him what he was going to do. ”
The Lakers certainly seem to be moving in the right direction, but it seems that it is a bit early for Johnson to achieve a victory lap, given that the team has not yet achieved anything. In addition, it is fair to wonder exactly how much Johnson’s credit deserves for his change.
Yes, he cleared the boundary space and wrote some of the assets that were finally returned to Anthony Davis. And he may have played a role in LeBron James’s decision to sign with the team. But he did not choose the current coach, nor could he close Davis’s case while he was in the main office. It was only after Johnson’s withdrawal that the Lakers were able to acquire the All-Star striker. It is also possible, probable even, that James would still have signed with the Lakers if Johnson had not been involved. So, although Johnson’s place in the Lakers tradition is written in stone, the credit he deserves for the position the team is advancing is questionable.