There are claims that the Lakers president Magic Johnson planned to fire coach Luke Walton wanted to fire general manager Rob Pelinka.
However, without first telling the owner Jeanie Buss, Johnson resigned with an unexpected public announcement. Pelinka is now in charge of the front office, and the Lakers reportedly offered to keep Walton. For the time being, the Lakers have no coach but they do have a roster, LeBron James. Johnson is reported to help the team recruit free agents.
It is now about one year after signing LeBron James, and the Lakers are in a mess. The trust that LeBron James has in the Lakers organization has been damaged, and there’s a sturdy bridge that has fallen that need to be repaired.
LeBron’s denial is essential even if he has lost confidence in the Lakers which means he doesn’t want to escalate this issue. LeBron holds extreme confidence in himself for a good reason. He believes as long the Lakers have him they will be alright. He often held the Cavaliers’ feet to the fire. He signed a series of short-term contracts, creating the threat of departure. He demanded Dan Gilbert to spend more.
LeBron hasn’t shown that same urgency in Los Angeles, starting with locking in for three years longer than any contract in his return to Cleveland. This could be an older and more mature LeBron trying to present steadiness amid chaos or yet another sign LeBron went to Los Angeles with priorities other than winning. Despite that, the Lakers’ careless operation won’t prevent him from enjoying his L.A. lifestyle and Hollywood proximity.