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Jeanie Buss Responds To Claims LeBron James Will Make Lakers Basketball Decisions Over Magic Johnson

Jeanie Buss Responds To Claims LeBron James Will Make Lakers Basketball Decisions Over Magic Johnson
Published On: Thu, Sep 13
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (facing camera) hugs former Laker player Magic Johnson before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past few seasons, LeBron James developed a reputation as being the a€˜general managera€™ while with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team obviously had someone with that title, but many believed that James was who made decisions on trades and signings of free agents.

President of basketball operations Magic Johnson acknowledged the LakersA front office would run personnel decisions by James. While Johnson added he would reside as the top a€˜decision-maker,a€™ it led some to believe that James would have ultimate power.

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss disagrees, however. During a recent appearance onA a€œWillard and Plaschke,a€ Buss made it clear that basketball decisions run through Johnson and at his discretion:

a€œWhen you talk about whoa€™s running the basketball side of the Lakers, Magic Johnson is the head of basketball. He makes all basketball decisions. He is the one that laid down the path that led to bringing LeBron here, he is at the top of the organizational chart when it comes to basketball, and hea€™s done a fantastic job.a€

It is normal for any front office to talk to a star player about potential personnel moves as the hope is that they are a good fit.A 

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