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Podcast: What if the mysterious, probably-not-real Lakers shadow executive is just Magic Johnson?

The Lakers getting help from a super-secret agent was fun while it lasted. But has it been someone we knew all along?

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To start each show, our hosts spend a couple minutes updating on the lawsuit involving Luke Walton. This is a hugely important and complicated matter, so neither show went further than to introduce the information we had at the time, as any kind of speculation would be highly reckless and irresponsible. We will keep you updated as best we can as this story evolves.

From there, each show goes in different directions, though on similar subjects.

The Lake Show

After the aforementioned introduction, Harrison and I focus on how the Lakers appear to be moving forward. Rob Pelinka worked his way into the leadership void left behind by Magic Johnson, not only when he abruptly resigned, but throughout his at times lengthy absences even while employed. As such, Pelinka earned Jeanie Buss’ trust and will apparently be the lead Lakers executive heading into quite arguably the most important offseason of my lifetime.

We also look back at the hilarity that was the Shadow Executive conspiracy, and boy does Harrison have a dangerously woke take on all of that. What if the secret agent who has been working behind the scenes this whole time has just been the Magic Man, but freed from the litigious shackles that come with official titles?

We also put into context why that rumor had legs despite how illogical it seemed, and read yet another classic chapter from Byron Scott’s book. Listen below for our entire conversation and, for more Lakers talk, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

Locked on Lakers

Today’s episode is a deep dive on Pelinka. After a couple minutes laying out the situation with Walton, I get into potential positive attributes Pelinka has to offer as well as where Buss’ decision to keep him might be coming from.

From there, I contextualize what this decision means and how well Pelinka has to perform in order to meet the opportunity cost associated with not even interviewing other candidates before elevating him in Johnson’s absence. Everyone has quite a bit on the line with this decision, starting at the very top with Buss, herself.

You can listen to the entire episode below, and make sure to subscribe on iTunes, where you can also leave questions in the form of a five-star review to guarantee your topic makes the show.