The Los Angeles have a new General Manager in the building his name is Rob Pelinka, it was announced earlier today.
“I am beyond grateful to join the Lakers front office. The Lakers are a gold standard for sports franchises in the world, so we all share a responsibility to pursue excellence in everything we do. Excellence is what the Lakers stands for, what Jeanie Buss and Earvin Johnson embody, and what Luke Walton demands from our players. That obsession for greatness is what will bring Lakers basketball back to a championship level. With Jeanie and Magic guiding the vision, I am thrilled to help architect the future. I am really excited to get to work.”
Rob Pelinka is best known as Kobe Bryant ex-agent, another key player he’s agent for is James Harden. Pelinka will replace longtime laker GM Mitch Kupchak.
Jeanie Buss believes that the Lakers will get back to their winning ways with the recent moves she made in the front office.
“We have worked closely with Rob for many years and have first-hand experience with his knowledge of the league and the business of basketball. In our recent discussions, it was clear that he also shares our goal of returning the Lakers to being an elite NBA franchise. Together with Earvin and Coach Walton, I believe we are in a great position to bring winning basketball back to the Lakers.”
Kobe Bryant believes Pelinka will bring winnings basketball back to LA.
No one knows the business of basketball more than @robpelinka. I wish him & the Lakers much success as they bring winning bball back to LA.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 7, 2017
Pelinka will replace longtime laker GM Mitch Kupchak. Buss dismissed Kupchak on February 21st and made Magic Johnson the President of Basketball Operations.
Pelinka has some basketball history, he played guard at the University of Michigan and was on the roster that won the championship in 1989. This will be his first time working in a front office.