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Magic Johnson leading LA Lakers again

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2017 | 2:00 AM
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Magic Johnson is leading the Los Angeles Lakers again after a major shake-up of the struggling franchise's front office.

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired General Manager Mitch Kupchak yesterday and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations. Jeanie Buss also removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers' executive vice-president of basketball operations.

Jim Buss retains his ownership stake in the team, but Jeanie Buss has final say under the structure set up by their late father, Jerry Buss. She used it to chart a new course for the Lakers, who are mired in the worst four-year stretch in the 16-time NBA champion franchise's glorious history.

"I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself," Jeanie Buss said in a statement. "We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again."