Magic Johnson

Plaschke: Can the greatest Laker ever save the worst Lakers ever?

Plaschke: Can the greatest Laker ever save the worst Lakers ever?

The Lakers now belong to Earvin Johnson, and there’s nothing magic about it.

The smiling, charismatic former star has been handed the serious job of fixing this city’s crown jewel sports franchise, and it will require more than a no-look pass or baby sky hook.

This is not some late-night TV show that can be canceled. This is not an interim coaching position that ends after the season. This is not partial ownership of a baseball team that doesn’t even require him to have an office.

In being named the Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday, Magic Johnson has been given a real job with real difficulties where failure will have a real impact on his...

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