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Lakers’ Michael Beasley Vows Team Will Come Together

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The newest free agent addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Beasley, says that doesn’t like the idea of people judging them on their personas or reputations, believing that the team will come together.

“I think it is going to come together like a basketball team,” Beasley said, according to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “You got [14] guys other than LeBron James that know how to play basketball, and I think you got 29 teams that [are] overlooking the fact that they know how to play basketball.”

It’s been a busy offseason for the Lakers who added James, Beasley, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee.

“For there to even be a narrative of the personalities in this room is judgment enough for me, and I don’t want to be a part of that,” Beasley said.

“You being a critic doing your job, [if] everybody do their job and stop judging a lot of players — me mainly — you will figure out that guys like me, Nick YoungJR Smith and Lance Stephenson and guys like that know how to play basketball and win basketball games, know how to get along with others. It is nothing to do with my maturity.”

Beasley, who is coming off a bounce back season with the New York Knicks, where he posted 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds last season, plans to fit in by just being himself.

“Just be myself,” Beasley said. “I come in here and try to help the young guys and put the ball in the basket.”

“Use my abilities, don’t be shy about being myself.”

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Magic Johnson Says Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka Betrayed Him

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Former President of the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson finally spoke about his abrupt exit from this position at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season.

Johnson, appearing on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, pointed the finger of blame at Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him during his tenure, and took to task during his appearance on the show.

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Lakers, Tyronn Lue End Talks

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended their talks about bringing Lue on as the next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin.

Per reports, Lue and his representatives turned down the Lakers’ offer on Tuesday, which is believed to have been a 3-year deal worth $18 million, prompting Lue to pull out of negotiations.

Lue was reportedly seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship resume.

Additionally, the Lakers had proposed a number of scenarios involving their preferred selections for assistant coaches, including former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, who has been tied to the Lakers organization in recent months.

Lue is a preferred choice of Lakers superstar LeBron James, due to their relationship from their days together with the Cleveland Cavaliers, highlighted by a 2016 NBA Championship.

Additionally, Lue was part of Lakers championships in 2000 and 2001.

Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and general manager Rob Pelinka had interviewed Kidd for the head-coaching position, and from those discussions they became convinced that Kidd should be a key member of a Lue coaching staff.

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Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers’ President Of Basketball Ops

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Magic Johnson has abruptly stepped down from his role as the President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to The Athletic’s Bill Oram.

Johnson held an impromptu press conference to make the announcement and indicated that he did not inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss prior to publicly announcing his departure.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss, because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that he “had more fun” when he was able to mentor other players and was able to be “the big brother and the ambassador” as opposed to the primary decision maker.

Johnson had been the subject of reports that labeled him an “absentee executive” and he never fully committed to the job and had limited office hours during his tenure. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, on top of that, Johnson was traveling and away from the team often, and wasn’t very active in the scouting area.

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