Jerry Buss

The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

The signs are all there: Magic Johnson is the man in charge of the Los Angeles Lakers

Since being named as a Lakers “advisor’’ two weeks ago, Magic Johnson has bombarded the media with one piece of advice.

He shouldn’t be the advisor. He should be the boss.

He has talked to USA Today about wanting to “call the shots.’’

He told ESPN he wanted to be the Lakers’ “one voice.’’

At first blush, this might seem to be the same old Magic rhetoric, but upon further inspection he’s not blushing, and neither are the Lakers.

Buckle up, folks. This is real. This is on. All indications are that unless something drastically changes, at season’s end Johnson will be formally placed in charge of the team’s basketball operations.

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