Magic Johnson has once again taken pot shots at Jim Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers co-owner, for ruining the legacy of the Purple & Gold.
Buss has been subjected to ridicule ever since Dr Jerry Buss, his late father, handed him the reigns of the franchise in 2012.
Magic, regarded by many as the greatest Laker ever, spoke about Buss after a press conference held to announce the hiring of Dave Roberts as the next manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team he co-owns. “I’m going to say it again: I love Jim Buss. He should just be the owner, like his dad was just the owner. (Having said that) Let’s go back with facts, so I can back this up with facts: 27 wins a couple years ago, 21 wins last year. Three summers now, we (Lakers) haven’t signed anybody. I am backing this up with facts. We haven’t signed any superstar. We’ve had cap space. We had cap space last summer. We’re going to have more this summer,” Earvin Johnson said in a rant.
Buss, who inherited a majority of Lakers share in 2013, is also the team’s vice president of basketball operations. “Just play your role,” Magic reiterated several times, highlighting that Buss should stick to being “just an owner.”
Even though Magic sold his share of the Lakers in 2010, he remains an unpaid vice-president.
According to Magic, Buss should take a backseat when it comes to basketball-related decisions. “Just like me — I didn’t try to get involved in this (hiring) process (for the Dodgers), because I don’t know anything about the manager (Roberts). That’s not what I know, so I stay out of the way. I want to sit down there and cheer for my Dodgers. I’m happy with that. That is what I want him to do. Just let somebody else help him to achieve his goal, which is to get the Lakers back to being great again.”