Something else I said yesterday was, I’m skeptical about the hire, but I’ll have a stronger take when I see what he does going forward: when I see who he brings in. And apparently, his first key hire will be Rob Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s agent. The Lakers reportedly wanted to poach GM Bob Myers from the Warriors.
Understandably, Myers is all class, top of the field; if I were the Lakers I would have tried that too. And if I were Myers, I would have said thanks but no thanks. Which he did.
The Lakers think they have the next best think in Pelinka, who like Myers is an agent. It could work. Pelinka obviously knows how to work with and recruit stars, something the Lakers haven’t been able to do in years.
And that’s a big part of it; if Magic can convince stars to sign with L.A., that in and of itself makes the hiring justifiable. Because Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak missed on very legitimate free agent they’re pursued the last few years. And you can’t help but think, missing on DeMarcus Cousins may have been the last straw for Jeanie Buss, who broke them both off not long thereafter.
So I wouldn’t be surprised if hiring Magic is a good thing, and I really wouldn’t’ be surprised if it’s a bad thing. Phil Jackson got the same opportunity in New York and it’s been an unmitigated disaster. Miami hiring Pat Riley was genius. Jerry West may have been a better executive than he was a player. Just don’t look for me to hail this as a great thing or a lock, because it’s not.
I will say, I do like Magic’s first move, trading Lou Williams to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and their 2017 first rounder: that’s well done. Williams is having arguably the best year of his career; and looks like he could win the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Last thing the Lakers need is for this guy to continue to spark them off the bench and have them back into a few wins, that they not only don’t need, but really, don’t want. Wins that might cost them their top three protected pick. No one needs the Lakers taking their eyes off the prize, and showing up and stealing a few games that won’t mean anything to anyone and costing them a pick they have to have. One way to do that; get rid of vet who plays the game the right way and helps them on a nightly basis. That’s not the guy you need poisoning the well and leading from the front.
Solid dude, good player, thanks for your positive contributions, Lou now don’t let the door hit you on the way out. They don’t need a winner like you. They need that pick.