Smith said Pelinka and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss both reached out to him and denied that Johnson wanted Pelinka gone, but he said that is what he and several other National Basketball Association reporters have been told. It's hard when you love a person like I love Jeanie. Joining Johnson was General Manager Rob Pelinka, a former player agent best known for representing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Watching Brooklyn Nets All-Star D'Angelo Russell and New Orleans Pelicans big man Julius Randle have career years in their new surroundings reportedly led to Johnson's lack of faith. "Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that'".
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Killa Cam went to Instagram last night with a hilarious clip of ESPN analyst and personality Stephen A. Smith's initial thoughts on Johnson's shocking decision.
But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year National Basketball Association career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention.
A trust with James and "Griff" already exists, but Jeanie Buss will likely have most of the league's decision-makers eager to make an impression to make their own imprint on the L.A. market.
"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.