NBA legend Magic Johnson is already looking to play a larger role shortly after being named an adviser to Los Angeles Lakers co-owner and president Jeanie Buss.
"Working to call the shots, because it only works that way," Johnson told USA Today Sports after he was asked on his new role on the team.
"Right now I'm advising. I get that. But at the end of the day, then we all got to come together and somebody's got to say, 'I'm making the final call,' all right? And who's that going to be? So, we'll see what happens," he added.
After the four-time NBA champion joined the Lakers last week, the team announced that Johnson’s role is limited to ‘advising ownership on all business and basketball matters, collaborating with coaches, evaluating and mentoring players, assessing future franchise needs and helping ownership to determine the best path for growth and success.’
Johnson, though, is already aiming for more even as he admits the decision on his role remains with Jeannie, whose brother Jim acts as the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations handling the management of the roster and staff.
But with the Lakers, currently at 19-37, in a tailspin in the last three years with a combined 66-181 record, Johnson says an immediate change needs to happen and he’s more than ready to take a more active role.
"Look, Jim knows where we are, Jeanie knows where we are, as a franchise, and so some decisions have to be made," Johnson said. "I may only be in this role for a short term, I may be here for a long time. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I can't tell you that right now."
Still, even if he gets to call the shots in the long run, Johnson admitted that it will take some time to turn things around for the Purple and Gold.
"It's going to take time, and we know that," said Johnson "I'm not going to fool nobody, and I don't want the fan base to think, 'Oh, I'm back, so it's going to turn around tomorrow.' It doesn't work like that. You have to make some good decisions, you have to make sure we use the money wisely when we have it for free agents, and then we're going to draft well.”