Magic Johnson went on nationwide tv and accused Rob Pelinka of betrayal.
One season later, and the Lakers are NBA champions.
I nonetheless have such gratitude for the 2 seasons I set to work with Earvin, and he’s undoubtedly part of tonight together with his imaginative and prescient and dealing aspect by aspect. He’s an unbelievable individual, and now we have an incredible, extremely robust relationship. He was one of many first calls tonight. Had an incredible speak with him.
Rob Pelinka actually made me really feel good tonight reaching out after the Lakers received the NBA Championship. It means the world to me as a result of I do know he’s in the midst of celebrating with the entire Lakers gamers, coaches, and Jeanie Buss he didn’t need to!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 12, 2020
As workforce president, Johnson positioned the Lakers to get LeBron James then completely flubbed constructing round LeBron. After Johnson resigned, Pelinka – the Lakers’ common supervisor – did a far better job surrounding LeBron with expertise, particularly finishing the Anthony Davis commerce.
The front-office partnership, as messy because it was, proved extremely efficient.
Now, the rift seems over. That is partially a case of profitable curing most ills, partially a case of Johnson loving life and the Lakers too much to hold a grudge.
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Rob Pelinka celebrated Lakers title by calling Magic Johnson initially appeared on NBCSports.com