“Everyone knows my love for the Lakers,” said Johnson. “Over the years, I have considered other management opportunities, however my devotion to the game and Los Angeles make the Lakers my first and only choice. I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA.”
What does this mean for the future of the Lakers franchise?
It’s no secret that Johnson hasn’t been the biggest fan of executive vice president of basketball operations, Jim Buss.
Under Jim’s four-year stretch, the team has fallen from the ranks of the NBA’s elite to one of its most unsuccessful teams.
The lackluster record under Buss’ management is 82-215 with zero playoff berths and the longest streak of lottery appearances in franchise history.