Los Angeles Lakers fire Mitch Kupchak, promote Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson receives promotion from 'adviser' to president of basketball operations pretty quickly

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Hall of Famer and five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Tuesday that they have purged their front office in a shake-up that will leave former Laker great Earvin "Magic" Johnson in charge of turning the once-great franchise around following the worst half-decade of basketball in its lauded history.

"Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect", stated Jeanie Buss, the Lakers' president, governor and co-owner.

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Additionally, Jim Buss will no longer serve in the role of executive VP of basketball operations.

Franchise cornerstone Kobe Bryant retired after last season after 20 years in Los Angeles, leaving a massive rebuilding job for new head coach Luke Walton.

Jeanie Buss said she took a "series of actions" that will help return the Lakers to the glory "Dr". "We are determined to get back to competing to win National Basketball Association championships again". Jim Buss had been formally a member of the front office since 1998 and had taken over a more active role in decision-making since the passing of Buss family patriarch, Jerry, in 2013.

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The ascension of Johnson from "advisor" to boss was predicted in this space last week, but few thought Buss would make the move with just 24 games left in the season. Shortly after, Johnson admitted he would like a chance to "call the shots".

With a record of 19-39, the Lakers have the third-worst record in the league and the second-worst record in the Western Conference, but with a core of young players, the team looks to be rebuilding in the post-Kobe Bryant era. And when Jim made the rash and foolish decision to lay out a three-year timeline for the Lakers to return to prominence, it gave her easy cover to sit back and wait and see how things went.

Although he is part of an ownership group that has majority control of the MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers-and has had plenty of success in the business world-Johnson has no prior experience in an National Basketball Association front office.

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Said Johnson: "I'm not coming in to tell them old stories about 'Showtime.' It's about the Lakers having a clear direction and clear strategy in how to build this organization into a championship organization".

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