When Magic Johnson stepped down, I thought it was a step in the right direction. The biggest problem getting in the way of the Lakers I felt was Magic. The person below him I felt was also a problem in Rob Pelinka. It was the Lakers chance to clean house and start fresh for the offseason. Guys like Bob Meyers, Masai Ujiri, and David Griffin were on the table. It was a chance for the Lakers to get one of the top people in the business to run the basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers. But no, the Lakers chose to go with Rob Pelinka. I should have seen it coming though. It was such a Lakers way to run things. Always going with the people that have some sort of connection to the franchise. Ultimately, I think Lakers nepotism and exceptionalism will cost them.
But not as of right now.
Many people were doubting Rob Pelinka. Could he pull off the Anthony Davis trade? Does he know the cap room rules? Can he trade Wagner, Bonga, and Jones to get enough money for a max player? He did all of those things.
He still has a lot more ahead of him though. As of right now, the Lakers are in position to bring in max star, Kawhi Leonard. With $32,000,000 in cap space, a GM can do a lot with that. The Lakers didn’t get here on accident. It was because of a single man who had his back against the wall and he went to work and did what he was supposed to do.
The Lakers are said to be favorites to win the title next year with not even a full roster yet. Kyle Kuzma, Talen Horton-Tucker, Lebron James, and Anthony Davis (unofficially) are the only ones on the team. It’s amazing what a person can do when his back is against the wall. Rob Pelinka is proving me wrong and it’s amazing to watch my Lakers get back to where they need to be, and that’s to be on top of the sports world again.