Since the Los Angeles Lakers hired Magic Johnson as an advisor to the team last week, there have been a fair amount of mixed messages coming directly from Johnson and from leaks to the media.
On the pregame show before the Lakers took on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum Sportsnet attempted to clarify what he’s heard Johnson will do for the rest of this season.
"I'm hearing he's not going to make any decisions, any movement within the organization before the end of the season,” Bresnahan said. “He's going to take these two months, I'm going to say this phrase again, do his due diligence. He's going to check in with people.”
After Johnson takes some time to survey the team’s inner workings, things could change.
“Once the season ends, that's when things could happen. Magic will not become the GM of this team, I've also been told that,” Bresnahan said. “He's not going to assume any type of role, obviously they have a GM in Mitch Kupchak, and Magic is not going to be jumping into that position or anything like that. Still an advisor for now."
The operative phrase being “for now.” Johnson noted on Thursday night that he was eventually looking to “call the shots” for the Lakers, so fans will have to wait and see what his time with the franchise will ultimately bring.
All quotes transcribed via Spectrum Sportsnet. Harrison Faigen is co-host of the Locked on Lakers podcast (subscribe here, or listen to us talk with Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold about Johnson’s tenure below), and you can follow him on Twitter at @hmfaigen.