Magic Johnson: Lakers GM Pelinka was backstabber

Former Los Angeles Lakers head of basketball operations Magic Johnson fanned the flames Monday during an appearance on "First Take".

"I think the most important thing for me is the two years of getting to work side-by-side with (Magic Johnson) are some of the greatest memories I have in sports and work".

Johnson said he was also warned by multiple agents when he became president of the Lakers to be careful of Pelinka.

"What was insane was, when I took the job, you know how many agents called me, and said, 'You got to watch out for (Pelinka)?'" Johnson said.

Vogel, who has previously served as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, will serve as the replacement for Luke Walton following Walton's departure from the organization in April.

"The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton", Johnson said. I said, 'listen, we gotta get a better coach.

Johnson noted that he felt betrayed by Pelinka, who wanted his position within the organization.

"So we went back and forth like that, and then she brought Tim Harris into the meeting, some of the guys, and Tim wanted to keep him because he was friends with him", Johnson continued.

"Listen, this guy is special", Johnson said of James, whose first season with the Lakers was sidetracked by a groin injury that cost him 17 consecutive games in the middle of the season. But, when you are as rich and successful as Johnson, and have other businesses to run that make more money than being Lakers president ever could, you make your own rules.

"If you're going to talk betrayal, it's only with Rob", he said.

"I didn't like that Tim Harris was too involved in basketball". She said you have the power to make the decisions. "That was supposed to be me as the president, having that final say". "You can't have everybody think that they can have a voice or have an opinion about the final decision. And I said it's time for me to go".

"Just Rob", Johnson said.

"I was gonna help elevate him to the president's position". D'Angelo (Russell), you know, great guard, but had a problem when the whole thing (with Nick Young) went down, so I knew I had to get him out.

The executives and scouts who identified these players probably grew up dreaming of playing like Magic Johnson.

"It's gonna happen. Just like me going back to my business and doing what I'm doing, LeBron's gonna win that 'chip", Johnson said.

The Lakers proceeded to crash out of the playoff race in embarrassing fashion for both Johnson and James.

Pelinka later Monday denied the report, saying Johnson's claims are "Simply not true".


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