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Magic Johnson: I’ll probably work with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss again

Magic Johnson and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss exchange a hug during the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers on March 11, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Magic Johnson just keeps making his way back to the Lakers.

He retired in 1991 after contract HIV. In 1996, he came back.

He went just 5-11 as Lakers coach. They made him vice president.

He got them fined for tampering with his tweets while holding that ceremonial role. They hired him to actually run their front office.

He didn’t work very hard as team president (which he basically later admitted), reportedly bullied team employees (which he denied), abruptly resigned and accused Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka of betrayal. They still used him to recruit free agents.

A leak from his meeting with Kawhi Leonard reportedly hurt the Lakers’ big to sign the star forward. Leonard denied that, but Johnson will probably remain in the Lakers’ good graces, regardless. He always does.

Johnson, via Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times:

I’m a Laker all day long, so I’m probably going to end up working with Jeanie Buss again, and I’m not laughing. That’s serious.

Johnson will likely be correct.

He and Buss have remained connected through so many potential sources of tension. Johnson said he and Pelinka have made up, too.

And there’s that magnetic pull between him and the Lakers.