Magic Johnson: Free Agents Donít Want To Go to LA
Even Rome fell. No dynasty can last forever. And the the highly esteemed Lakers franchise are in the beginning stages of experiencing a turn for the worse. Last year, the Lakers had enough drama on their team to put soap operas to shame, but at least they were able to squeak into the playoffs last year. This year, the Lakers not only have drama, but are on the outside of the playoffs looking in. The Lakers are currently 14-24 and have lost the past 11 of 12 games.
Former Laker great, Magic Johnson, has not been quiet regarding his criticisms about Lakers management post Jerry Buss. “You’ve got to have someone helping Jim. He’s got to quit trying to prove a point to everybody that he can do it on his own, get his ego out of it, and just say, ‘Let me get someone beside me to help achieve the goals I want.' Look what Pat Riley did in Miami,” said Johnson. “If Pat Riley’s not there, you don’t get LeBron to buy in.”
Johnson even went as far as to say, “Everybody’s telling me free agents don’t want to sign [with the Lakers]…. They’re looking at the Lakers now as a team that’s dysfunctional; who’s their leader, who’s the guy?”
This past Wednesday, Nick Young got into a scuffle with the entire Phoenix Suns team, which led to his ejection. Young was upset about the ejection, but what upset him even more was that no one on his team had his back. This Laker team, sans Kobe Bryant, has no identity and with no identity no franchise can be successful.