When Magic Johnson abruptly ended his tenure with the team there was instant speculation that Los Angeles would seek out help from the mightiest franchises in the NBA. Pat Riley in Miami and R.C. Buford in San Antonio were two names that came up, but the biggest name came from just north in The Bay. Bob Myers, one of the architects of the NBA’s greatest dynasties, was rumored to be highly-considered for the role of President with the Lakers.
Those rumors, can apparently be laid to rest. Via Monte Poole of NBC Sports, it appears that Myers has no intention of leaving the La La land. This interaction, via Poole:
Poole: “What are you doing here?”
Myers: “What do you mean?”
Poole: “Shouldn’t you be having lunch with (Lakers Owner) Jeanie Buss?”
Myers: “Oh, right. Almost forgot. I’m supposed to meet her at 2.”
The nonchalant reaction from Myers seems to provide a bigger clue, that he has no desire to take up a team in Los Angeles that is as dysfunctional as it gets. As of now, Rob Pelinka is handling the day-to-day actions including the hiring of a new coach. Luke Walton was relieved of his duties in an amicable way, an outcome that has seemingly been in the works since LeBron James joined the team. The new leadership will have quite a bit of work to do in making the Lakers are potent contender.
However, it appears that Bob Myers will remain with the current NBA royalty in Golden State. The Warriors, in their own right, are also headed toward an interesting offseason. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are free agents, with the former potentially already out the door. Several role players will on the market too. Draymond Green is going to be in a contract year and will most certainly be looking for some more money. So while the Lakers are certainly in a worse position, Golden State has no easy waters to traverse.