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Magic Johnson Says His GM Stabbed Him in the Back

The Los Angeles Lakers were ready to unveil their new head coach, Frank Vogel, on Monday.

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 in the back.

Pelinka joined the Lakers in 2017, shortly after team owner Jeanie Buss essentially fired her brother, Jim, and the general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Johnson said Monday that he agreed Walton should go, but he wanted a different new coach, Tyronn Lue, who the Lakers considered before opting for Vogel.

Johnson, a Laker legend as a player, insisted he was still rooting for the team and supporting Vogel.

Johnson abruptly quit the team presidency last month, not even telling owner Jeanie Buss in advance.

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