Magic Johnson Named Lakers' President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson Named Lakers' President of Basketball Operations

Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations, the team announced on Tuesday. 

As part of the front office reshuffling, GM Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties, and Jim Buss will no longer serve as EVP of Basketball Operations. 

Johnson was hired as an adviser to the franchise earlier this month. Shortly thereafter, he expressed a desire to "call the shots" for the team. Johnson also said in an appearance on ESPN's First Take that should he get the job, his first call would be to retired Lakers star Kobe Bryant. 

It is unclear whether Johnson will handle day-to-day operations or if the team will also hire a general manager.

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