Magic Johnson says he’ll resign as Lakers president ‘if I can’t do the job’

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New Lakers president Magic Johnson introduced new Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka today in what was supposed to be a fresh start in Los Angeles.

Instead, the new front-office head sounded like the old front-office head.

Jim Buss pledged to resign if he didn’t turn the Lakers into a contender. They’ve been stuck in the lottery since, and despite Jim trying to reframe the debate, Jeanie fired him to appoint Johnson.

Now, Johnson is making similar promises.

Serena Winters of Lakers Nation:

Johnson didn’t give a timeline, modified or otherwise. He also doesn’t define doing the job.

So, it will be practically impossible to hold him to this standard.

But if the Lakers don’t move forward under his leadership, you can bet this won’t be the last you hear of this pledge.