Magic Johnson’s retired jersey hung high on the wall just above the court where the Lakers ran up and down during a scrimmage.
A day after a franchise-shaking quake struck the building, the players and coaches tried to return to business as usual. Total normalcy, though, was impossible.
Johnson wasn’t just a character out of the team’s storied past anymore. He was part of their present and their future as the team’s president of basketball operations.
On Tuesday, Lakers governor and president Jeanie Buss fired her brother Jim Buss as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager Mitch Kupchak. She installed Johnson as the team’s president...