"The Los Angeles Lakers have named Rob Pelinka as General Manager, it was announced today."
Along with the official announcement being made by the team, Pelinka said the following about joining the storied Lakers franchise, via Lakers.com:
“I am beyond grateful to join the Lakers front office,” said Pelinka. “The Lakers are a gold standard for sports franchises in the world, so we all share a responsibility to pursue excellence in everything we do. Excellence is what the Lakers stands for, what Jeanie Buss and Earvin Johnson embody, and what Coach Walton demands from our players. That obsession for greatness is what will bring Lakers basketball back to a championship level. With Jeanie and Magic guiding the vision, I am thrilled to help architect the future. I am really excited to get to work.”
Hiring Pelinka is one of two major moves the team has made over the last few weeks in an attempt to get the franchise back on the right track. Lakers president Jeanie Buss has been determined to turn things around for the franchise she inherited from the late Dr. Jerry Buss and has been aggressive in making moves as the end of the 2016-17 NBA season drawing near.
Pelinka, who formerly served as an agent to NBA stars James Harden and Lakers icon Kobe Bryant, joins the likes of Magic Johnson in the team's front office. Johnson was named the new president of basketball operations shortly after taking an advisory role under Jeanie recently.
The move to bring in Johnson and Pelinka resulted in the dismal of Kupchak and Jim Buss. Jim was relieved of his duties as vice president of basketball operations but maintains his standing as part-owner for the team along with the other members of the Buss family.
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