LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 30: Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Fame player and current part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Magic Johnson attends the game with the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Mavericks won 99-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Magic Johnson is a part of the Lakers organization once again.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports Johnson has been named an adviser to co-owner and president Jeanie Buss.

Johnson, an all-time Lakers legend, previously served as honorary VP and minority owner of the team. Shelburne writes Johnson’s all-encompassing role will see him advise the Lakers in both business and basketball matters. He will also retain his role as an NBA analyst for ESPN.

Johnson’s roots in Los Angeles continue to run deep. He’s a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Johnson always seemed to end up with the Lakers in some form or another, as clearly, the organization and city mean a lot to him.

“Everyone knows my love for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “Over the years, I have considered other management opportunities, however, my devotion to the game and Los Angeles make the Lakers my first and only choice. I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA.”

And to think, it seemed inevitable Phil Jackson would return to the Lakers and run the team into the ground. Buss’ engagement to the Knicks decision-maker ended late in December. Johnson being on board is nothing but good news, as he’ll bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the front office. There’s little downside to giving him some say.


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