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Magic Johnson Says G.M. Rob Pelinka Undercut Him

May 20, 2019 - The New York Times

The Los Angeles Lakers were ready to unveil their new head coach, Frank Vogel, on Monday. It was a good opportunity for some upbeat talk, a fresh start after a disastrous season.

Then Magic Johnson went on television.

In a startlingly frank interview on “First Take” on ESPN, Johnson, who resigned as team president last month, painted a picture of dysfunction at the Lakers, and openly accused the team’s general manager of stabbing him the back.

“I started to hear Magic...