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Los Angeles Lakers fans are outraged after ESPN dropped a bombshell report about the inner workings of the NBA's former elite franchise.

In the piece written by Baxter Holmes, ESPN details a runway train with seemingly no one at the controls in the Lakers front office.

After failing to reach the NBA playoffs in 6 seasons, the Lakers thought signing superstar LeBron James would be the answer to their problems. But his signing added to the chaos and uncertainty in the front office.

Fans quickly turned on LeBron after they discovered he was only interested in being in Los Angeles to further his movie career.

Former President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson fled last month. He soon revealed the distrust and backstabbing that went on behind closed doors.

The atmosphere of distrust and finger pointing led general manager Rob Pelinka to distance himself from Magic Johnson, who bolted for the door, leaving the franchise in limbo.

"I had more fun on the other side than on this side, because now, tomorrow I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and life,” said Magic, pictured vacationing with wife Cookie in Portofino, Italy in 2017.

Johnson also said he "didn't like all the back stabbing" and people outside of the organization telling him what to do.

Magic told First Take that agents warned him about Pelinka, but he thought he would give the GM a chance.

via The Big Lead -- The most revealing information to come from Holmes' articles were the stories about Pelinka and Johnson's personalities. According to Holmes' sources, Johnson isn't this happy-go-lucky smiling face he projects to the public. In actuality, he's a stern boss who's quick to reprimand employees of any level. As far as Pelinka, he's reportedly more deceitful than the reputation he amassed as an agent. This is best exemplified through a largely untrue story about his client Kobe Bryant meeting Heath Ledger following The Dark Knight.

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  • Pamela

    Not to insult us women, but is the Lakers run by women, I mean we can be petty af. All these rich guys need to get a life.

  • Keyshia Ray

    Rich people problems

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I knew this was coming when Magic started spilling the beans...They should have never signed LBJ...He's like the cheating boyfriend who comes back around when its getting cold out or when its tax time...

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Rich people problems!!

  • bemetoo

    Lebron has nothing to do with these backstabbing yt men

  • xxxgracious


  • R in NYC

    So happy I'm a Warriors fan. The Lakers are a soap opera.

  • Applebootay

    I fvks with Magic....if he said it....they did that shat..

  • Roderick2011

    Speaking of rich people Jeff Bezo's soon to be ex wife says she is giving half of her $36 billion to charity?
    Where can I change my name to 'Charity' because??

  • Guest

    O.T - Why is Lamar Odom out here accusing Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hoff of trying to kill him. RIP Dennis. Typical druggie asshole who will not take responsibility for screwing up his own life.

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Magic like I don't have to deal with this shyt. I'm rich bish!

  • Banka

    Sounds about White ..!!

  • Dowoop

    That's the new initiative with these rich folks... Giving half or more of their money to charity. I'm all for it. Now I just need to figure out how to become a beneficiary of one of those charities.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    You have something on your lips from LBJ...let me wipe it off for you...

    His antics dont have nothing to do with those Yt men (even tho Magic is black) there was no way that he didn't see opportunity for this to happen just like the GM and others was a quick money grab that shows the integrity of all involved...Magic, LBJ and the yt people...once the house of cards start crumbling (now) he will move on to the next master...I mean overseer....I mean bidder....

  • bemetoo

    Lol Lebron could have went anywhere he wanted... anyhooo magic left because of all the lies and backstabbing

  • DroneRivers

    Lakers org hasn't made good decisions in YEARS. There's no reason why they couldn't have gotten help for Kobe to try for another championship before he retired. Other than the Chris Paul deal David Stern fudged up.

    I don't blame Magic for leaving since he didn't have the authority he thought he did. Who needs all that stress when you're already rich? Btw, I wanna know what kinda vitamins he's taking cuz he looks healthy as hell

  • We Can Do This

    Someone just put this in my ear. Lol. Who knows.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I saw Magic at Janet Jackson's NEW Metamorphosis Vegas Residency....

    Look for a new album coming this year...

  • Gloria

    Pretty much lol I don’t blame him!

  • Coy little wink

    I like Cookies sandals and bag...

  • NewNew

    Now she can write off that giant donation on her taxes. Might be less than what she would have owed the government. These moves are not just charitable, they are strategic.

  • Coy little wink


  • Coy little wink

    I just need 250k please somebody...

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina


  • Renee26

    LeBron only interested in furthering his acting career ???

  • Chulita

    That guy next to Magic is looking good to me ?

  • Strappyheels

    This write up is a mess

  • John Ford

    Kurt Rambis was my favorite Laker.

  • Logan Roberts

    Hey Bron ?

  • currvalicious

    Exactly. I saw that & I was shocked. Unfortunately, Dennis is no longer here to defend himself. Why didn't Lamar make these claims when Dennis was alive, just last year to be exact. Dennis didn't force you to his establishment. So please. We know what happened to you Lamar, this shit is old news. Be grateful God provided a second chance at life for you & make the most of your blessing.

  • currvalicious

    Agreed. How many times has he done this to teams. I don't feel sorry for LBJ either; should've stayed & rebuilt in Cleveland. Ended his career there. No one wants to play with, I mean under him anyway. He saw that last summer.

  • currvalicious

    Genie Bussbis team owner. She's dauggterbof then late Dr. Jerry Buss.

  • CookieMobster

    Lol at tax time. Lee-lee and Dayvontay and nem do be trying to get really lovey dovey round tax time don't they??

  • Allihave2say

    Well they provided him with "vitamins" & "herbs" he od'd on. The DA dropped Lamar's drug charges because some truths would've proved problematic for them, the Ranch and it's secret customers.

    The real thing is Lamar needs to stop trying to make Khloe into a saint. We all watched him sign away all his assets on tv as she slipped in legal papers. His on tape signatures were proof he wasn't under duress he just signed ish because she told him to then ended up needing to live in a rent house when he owned a house before they married. He never talks about how wrong he did the 1st baby mam who was with is punk ass for years.

  • Nathan Hastings

    Daddy Buss is rolling over in his grave...

  • T865!

    This article is all over the place?

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Wasnt lebron's fault the team just wasnt good! He had them geared toward the playoffs till he got hurt and the young team couldn't maintain without him! Once he got back they were too far back to even matter! Of course magic not the smiling guy everyone knows he is a business man a successful one at that! U dont make it in business being nice!

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Lol! Yep he provided me with too many drugs so I had to take them!lol!

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Lol! Quick money grab? He would have made the same money on any team he went to

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I wouldn't know cause I dont get no tax money back to do any research...but I heard they do be tricking and snicking around tax time LOLOLOLOL...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yeah but not Lakers money....think about the legacy and being able to work under Magic Johnson...Kobe would never....Chile....

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    All of them were backstabbing and was like the blind leading the one knew what the hell they were doing from the players all the way to the GM....

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    but it doesn't seem like she really does anything. She's just the owner. I couldn't tell from that article that she had any real hand in day to day operations/decisions.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • rockstar2142

    Lakers been a mess & if they don’t get Lebron some help it will continue being one. Warriors got the west on lock. He should have stayed in the east.

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  • Vegas1989

    You got that right, I need to make up a Charity Called Black Women Working Hard....LOL..We just need a little boost to get our own business up and running.

  • Peppermint Patty

    I just can't....cookie look a whole rich mess out here gripping this man hand for dear black women get the gold medal for "putting up with shit"....

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Huh? He was a veteran eligible for the max other teams could pay him more he went to the Lakers for 154mil the Knicks could have paid him 180mil

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Last time I checked I'm not Stephen A. Smith so I'm not going back and forth with an unknown....I said what I said...

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Tippin and dippin.