Trevor Ariza

Rob Pelinka to be new Lakers general manager

Rob Pelinka to be new Lakers general manager

Magic Johnson, maybe the best basketball player ever to put on a uniform in Los Angeles, sat next to his new boss Tuesday afternoon inside a television studio and talked about his vision for his organization, the Lakers.

Johnson had been named the team’s president of basketball operations earlier in the day, replacing President Jeanie Buss’ brother, Jim. And, in one of his first moves behind the wheel of one basketball’s most powerful franchises, Johnson needed to find someone to ride shotgun.

He knew who he wanted. The people in the room knew who he wanted. And everyone glued to Twitter following the incredible drama knew who he wanted after news broke of the Lakers’ likely...