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“He signed knowing I was here. That we had a plan,” Johnson told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “He knew he had a big brother in me as well. He could run things by me. He can still do that.”
The Basketball Hall of Famer stepped down from the Lakers organization in April, stating in an impromptu press conference that the front-office role was too restrictive.
“I want to go back to having fun,” he said at the time. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job.”
It doesn’t appear he’s done trying to help the Lakers build a championship contender, though.
Earlier this week, Johnson told Bill Oram of The Athletic he still reaches out to members of the Lakers brass, including CEO Jeanie Buss, with his take on the team’s potential moves.
“I’ve sent messages, I’ve left her messages,” he said. “… I call her assistant or whoever and just like I say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to do [the Anthony Davis trade].’ I left them all a message: ‘You’ve got to do it.’ Beca