Most damning for the Lakers is their timing. Last week, when Jeanie Buss canned longtime Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak and hired Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, it seemed to, at the very least, give the Lakers some much-needed clarity.
Even if Johnson has zero front-office experience, it was clear that he’d at least be in charge. Such a thing might seem minuscule, but there were considerable doubts about the Lakers’ leadership entering this summer, when Jim Buss’ self-imposed timeline was scheduled to expire.
The Lakers enjoyed the glow of Johnson’s arrival — and the sense of direction it seemed to promise — for a little more than a week before they descended further into madness, which probably won’t help them recruit promising executives if they hope to build out their front office.
Did you see the one where the late owner’s son said he’d fire himself in a few years if the team he helped run into the ground still stunk by then, and if he didn’t bolt, that he’d probably be fired by his own sister — the president of their family-run outfit — and replaced, likely, by her longtime fiancé?
What about the one where the sister and her fiancé split, then she hired back one of their outfit’s most beloved familiar faces, then cleaned house — and, yes, fired her brother — while promoting that familiar face to an executive position for which he has no prior experience?
Or how about the latest one, where two of the sister’s older brothers tried to oust her, and so, in retaliation, she filed a temporary restraining order and a lawsuit?
The Los Angeles Lakers also moonlight as a basketball team, sort of, but right now, their off-the-court drama challenges any daytime soap opera for bizarre twists and turns.