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Lakers veer off script : On a day meant to introduce a coach, news is overshadowed by Johnson's critical comments on how front office operates

May 21, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

The Lakers called a news conference Monday to introduce their new coach. But what Frank Vogel had to say was minimized hours before he ever uttered a word.

Magic Johnson eviscerated Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka in particular, and the Lakers' power structure in general, in comments he made on the ESPN show "First Take" and again in an interview with The Times in the hours leading up to the media event.

Johnson cited "backstabbing and whispering" among the reasons he resigned as ...