The Lakers aren’t having a very good first five months of 2019. The best thing that’s happened to the franchise since the turn of the calendar has been vaulting up to the fourth spot in the 2019 NBA Draft during the lottery.
Otherwise, it’s been nothing short of a disaster in Los Angeles for a franchise once considered to be among the best in sports. They failed to reach the playoffs in LeBron James’ first year, dealing with a plague of injuries to key contributors and just generally playing poorly beyond that. They saw Magic Johnson shock the league when he announced prior to the last game of the season he was stepping down as president, telling the media before owner Jeanie Buss, LeBron James, or anyone else in the organization. Their attempt at hiring a head coach failed to land their top two candidates, ultimately settling on Frank Vogel — who initially was supposed to be a top assistant for Ty Lue if they hadn’t offended him with their offer.
The latter two of those came to the forefront again on Monday when the team announced Vogel at a press conference, hours after Magic Johnson joined First Take and decided to open up in stunning detail as to why he really left the Lakers. Johnson named Rob Pelinka as the one he felt had been “backstabbing” him within the organization, while rattling off other issues he had with his tenure in Los Angeles in an incredibly candid interview that surprised just about everyone, leading to the GM to answer questions about it.