The Los Angeles Lakers’ history is littered with superstardom. Go ahead and try to piece together an all-time starting five and you’ll be shocked at which hall of famer won’t make the cut.
Magic Johnson sounds pretty excited to play his role in bringing someone of that talent level to his Lakers, but is also realistic given where the franchise currently stands.
If it feels like this has been written roughly a million times already, it’s because it has. There is simply too much up in the air to have any idea what the Lakers might be able to do this summer.
That won’t stop people from asking about the team’s direction, though.
The latest example was AM570’s Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete talking to Johnson about the things he’s hoping to do in the coming months and as per usual, Magic certainly made things interesting. But still, the fact remains that there isn’t much he can say until at least the lottery passes.
“We’re going to look at every scenario. We’re going to look at every option. And of course, you’re right. This town and this team — the Lakers — has always had a superstar, and a guy who the fans fall in love with, a guy who also makes his teammates better. And that’s what we’re going to try to bring in here,” Johnson said.
“We’re going to work hard to do that,” Johnson continued. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, so have me on (the show) later, after we know what our pick is, then I can tell you more about that.”
Magic also alluded earlier to what changes might be in store, but again came back to having to know what the pick situation is before he can really comment on what they might be interested in doing.
The other couple things to factor into all of this are: One, why would Magic announce publicly what he intends to do even when they know whether they’ll have their pick and, two, because the Lakers are going to have to make a trade and improve that way, another team that has a superstar has to be willing to send him to Los Angeles.
So just we’re all clear, the Lakers need to know which assets they’ll have, not be dumb enough to announce to everyone their intentions (hi, Phil) and also find a trade partner who has a superstar they can be convinced to trade away.
Until all these things are figured out, this is just a means to fill air time (speaking of which, check out our podcast on this topic below):