Magic Johnson: If Lakers put me in charge, first call is to add Kobe Bryant
Two years ago, Magic Johnson suggested Kobe Bryant tell the Lakers he’d retire if they didn’t sign another star the following summer. They struck out in free agency, but Kobe still returned for one more season.
Will Johnson -- who’s angling to run the Lakers’ front office -- get more support in his latest plan for Kobe and the Lakers?
Johnson, via ESPN
Johnson and Kobe were great players. Will that translate to being great basketball-operations employees? The track record of playing legends making that transition is spotty.
But Johnson has to believe in Kobe for a role with the Lakers, because the logic for hiring Kobe is the same logic for promoting Johnson.