Magic Johnson says Lakers GM was ‘backstabbing,' Luke Walton firing was the final straw | First Take

Magic Johnson explains that he wanted to fire Luke Walton, but Los Angeles Lakers executive Tim Harris wanted to retain him and identifies Lakers GM Rob Pelinka as the “backstabber.”
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  • This year proved that magic was wrong as always

    tim wtim w2 gün önce
  • Rob was already ready for the position before u left magic Clown. Look at the Lakers now fool. You screwed up multiple times in trades etc. Rob is clearly the better GM

    KitKit3 gün önce
  • Whoever didn’t let Magic do what he wanted blew it.

    mrpzpdxmrpzpdx5 gün önce
  • Rob works hard you can tell Magic didn’t like that 🙀

    Rafael GracieRafael Gracie17 gün önce
  • Clearly Rob cant handle a HIV positive black dude around him.

    bye692001bye69200117 gün önce
  • Magic should shut up and dribble.

    AtclavAtclav25 gün önce
  • Magic seems to be a really nice human being

    André GNSAndré GNSAylar önce
  • No just Rob...

    Jose Luis MartinezJose Luis Martinez2 aylar önce
  • Rob Pelinka never even played in the NBA!!

    Sebastian BarceloneSebastian Barcelone2 aylar önce
  • Rob came back and showed he’s a good gm... Go lakers

    Rafael GracieRafael Gracie3 aylar önce
  • a letter to Magic Johnson, Dear Johnson, today I am 35 years old and I am Bangladeshi. Settelite tv and Basketball both were new things to our village. One day, in Black and white television, I was watching star sports NBA and it was Lakers and I couldn't believe how incredible sports man you were. You were truly magic. Since then you were my dream sports man. I was 14 years that time. Today I am watching your matches and trust me you are best in best. I wish I could see you in real one day.

    anik adhoraanik adhora3 aylar önce
  • Nah Magic you were the problem. Giving up Dlo, Lopez, Lou Williams and Zubac? Drafting Bozo Ball instead of Fox or Tatum? Sux at being coach, great player but sux at everything else.

    Jp StnsnJp Stnsn3 aylar önce
  • You guys know he made a.d lebron kuzma and McGee team up in LA.? He gambled years of losing to make history to pass up the celtics in championship so I think everyone disrespected magic..... he's a powerful, intelligent man. I miss him

    Jeremiah YoungbirdJeremiah Youngbird4 aylar önce
  • They need to babyface this episode.

    Michael WilsonMichael Wilson5 aylar önce
  • Lavar was right

    Aaron9Aaron95 aylar önce
  • magic johnson was right about lakers gm was backstabbing ?

    Andrew FloodAndrew Flood5 aylar önce
  • I'm happy to see that most people outside of delusional Laker Land now realize that Magic is a piss poor basketball executive and one of the most myopic human beings to ever live. If there's a microphone within a thousand feet of this piece of shit, he'll find it to give his ignorant views on anything and everything. Meanwhile, Larry Legend's legend continues to grow and grow as time goes on. Better overall player than Tragic on the court and quite obviously a better coach and executive by a mile. I don't see Larry Bird looking for a microphone every chance he gets saying "look at me, look at me". As always, Bird is pure class while HIV Johnson, the sex addict, is a pure ass. And OHHHHH how that pisses you Lakers fans off, right?!?!?!?!?! Just admit the truth, it'll be a lot easier for you than to defend this worthless pile of pig shit.

    Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • Magic Johnson Has HIV...lmaooooo..!!!

    CityzenCityzen6 aylar önce
    • I won't laugh at Tragic for this but he brought it upon himself. But not by fucking every porn star in America but by HOMOSEXUAL sex. The odds of a male contracting the disease from a female is virtually nil. The vast majority of it comes from male on male sex which I truly believe 32 engaged in. I never saw Larry Bird going around slapping other guys asses, kissing them before an NBA Finals game or acting like a total queer. And it's why Larry is universally respected some 27 years after his retirement as a player and why Magic is now widely considered an absolute buffoon.

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • Why did you resign? “Because I suck at this.” “Sounds about right.

    eddie collinseddie collins6 aylar önce
    • You are right, he DOES suck at any executive position in basketball. Let's face it, he's no Larry Bird off the court. And Magic is an absolute quitter.

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • Magic Johnson is a man whore, a walking STD, and a sexist lowlife that enjoys discouraging his daughter's sexuality, but not his sons. He deserves to have his d*** chopped off. Hs is the reason this world is still so sexist!!

    Vonka AbbasVonka Abbas6 aylar önce
    • @Kamran Pierre What do you mean by "what"? Do you not understand a fact? Magic Johnson took his name all too literally and engaged in thousands of extra marital affairs, including SAME SEX affairs, which is how he contracted HIV. He IS a man whore and a totally myopic son of a bitch who will find the first TV camera or open microphone to get some undeserved pub. Oh yeahhhhh, 32, show up at EVERY Michigan State game in the NCAA tourney so the camera can focus on your fat blown up face 100's of times a game. This guy is a fucking cartoon character. Yosemite Sam has nothing on Tragic.

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
    • What

      Kamran PierreKamran Pierre6 aylar önce
  • Magic Johnson is a lowlife scum that enjoys oppressing women and encouraging sexism by discouraging his daughter's sexuality/interests, but not his sons. He is the reason this world is still so f***ing sexist!!! I hope he dies from HIV!!

    Tina MorefieldTina Morefield6 aylar önce
    • Absolutely the truth. Has there ever been an off the court scandal about Larry Bird?

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • Obviously the GM they are talking about is LeBron James.

    Ivan RuzicIvan Ruzic6 aylar önce
  • Magic is a bitch not a true Laker

    Robert PerezRobert Perez7 aylar önce
    • Yes Sir, he IS a bitch and that BITCH is all about himself, not the Lakers or anything else. The biggest glory hound in the history of this world. SO glad more and more people realize that now.

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
    • TRUTH

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • i like the positivity

    Cody ZonkCody Zonk7 aylar önce
  • Another example of HOP thinking he can run an organization... One has nothing to do with the other.

    Company OwnerCompany Owner7 aylar önce
  • I love Magic Johnson to death however u can’t run an organization being there 40% of the time.

    Terrance HamiltonTerrance Hamilton7 aylar önce
  • Rob Pelinka is actually doing a great job now. From the coach hiring to the amazing free agent signings. The trade for AD. Lakers are rolling and i think Pelinka does have that work ethic

    KitKit7 aylar önce
    • WAY better than Magic but the Lakers won't get past the 2nd round and now that they've acquired Stage 4 cancer (Dwight Howard) they likely won't even make the playoffs.

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • You know who else blame everyone for their own demise? *FAILURES* -UrinatingTree June 2019

    MarloSoBalJr GamingMarloSoBalJr Gaming7 aylar önce
  • Lavar said it from day 1

    Lucci 700Lucci 7007 aylar önce
  • Fire Luke? Darn, he was in the struggle with the Lakers. As many can honesty recall the word "quitter" is Magic. He quit as a coach decades ago. Now, he quit as General manager. So Walton isn't on the court.

    jeffrey conyersjeffrey conyers7 aylar önce
  • How Did Magic Johnson catch H.I.V.??? He was in his car then pulled over to the side of the road as he blew a Piston.

    craig roarkcraig roark7 aylar önce
    • Haha good one! Isaiah Thomas!

      Jp StnsnJp Stnsn3 aylar önce
  • We need Jerry West back he's builds champion teams

    Illestone84Illestone847 aylar önce
  • Kobe for Coach 🙏🏽

    El MaloEl Malo7 aylar önce
    • Yeah, I'm sure that would work out very well. LOL

      Renee PenaRenee Pena6 aylar önce
  • btw, it was nick's fault! dangelo was only telling the truth!

    egghead37ableegghead37able7 aylar önce
  • Just concern of his self Its good he is out of lakers

    chito glen Deslatechito glen Deslate7 aylar önce
  • I am with Magic all the way.

    Altair76Altair767 aylar önce
  • This video is a part of a 77 video playlist by ESPN entitled “Magic Johnson resigns from the Lakers”. Seventy-Seven videos!?!?!

    Felicia MoniqFelicia Moniq7 aylar önce
  • This interview came back to haunt the Lakers in FA

  • Magic could play a ninja turtle without any changes to his face. Just paint him green and he's good to go :-)

    Prem ChopraPrem Chopra7 aylar önce
    • 😂

      rafikz77rafikz773 aylar önce
  • Magic said he quit “because it wasn’t fun anymore” lol did he think he was having a orgy from the 80’s????

    hustler Khanhustler Khan7 aylar önce
    • If your at a job with terrible co workers and dumb ass bosses I would quit too and im assuming you would too

      We Hauling itWe Hauling it7 aylar önce
  • Magic is a selfish egomaniac

    hustler Khanhustler Khan7 aylar önce
  • The interview that can possibly fuck up the chances of the Lakers getting Kawhi.

  • Nobody: Not a single soul: Stephen A. : Purlinka

    John ChenJohn Chen7 aylar önce
  • Under Magic the Lakers for Lonzo,Kuz and Hart and only Kuzma remains and you could say that Kuzma was more of a lucky pick than a good basketball decision so it really makes you wonder just how beneficial Magic was for the franchise now that we have AD, all the possible cap space we needed badly and possibly Kawhi

    Shaun BangShaun Bang7 aylar önce
  • Do you think Magic would want to go back in time and not do this interview?

    Tabe8 8Tabe8 88 aylar önce
  • I don't think another GM (I know he was Prez, whatever) has ever backstabbed and betrayed his team like Magic did. He deserves to be booed by Lakers fan at every sports appearance. For an incredibly selfless player, he turned into the most selfish NBA Administrator in history.

    Dave BakerDave Baker8 aylar önce
  • Magic was a DISASTER. He started the interview by saying, i make more money with my businesses? DONT TAKE THE JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE THEN, THIS ISNT SOME HOBBY YOU CAN HALF ASS.

    Agra NamAgra Nam8 aylar önce
  • Finally the Lakers are doing the right thing since the days of Jerry Bush, firing Magic Johnson, a great player but terrible manager, and Luke Walton the worst coach.

    Alfredo Di Stéfano LaulhéAlfredo Di Stéfano Laulhé8 aylar önce
  • Magic never had a good character. Slept with thousands of women!!!!

    hustler Khanhustler Khan8 aylar önce
    • dragolax90210 he was a low character person. Always selfish even with this situation

      hustler Khanhustler Khan7 aylar önce
    • lol that this fuckboi/incel comment is coming from someone with hustler in their name

      dragolax90210dragolax902108 aylar önce
  • Their a hot mess!

    Charles ClarkCharles Clark8 aylar önce
  • White dude looks weird! (Haircut).

    Charles ClarkCharles Clark8 aylar önce

    sleazyfellowsleazyfellow8 aylar önce
  • “I make more money doing that then being the PRESIDENT of the Lakers” ...magic just low key stunned on everybody with that one sentence and no one even realized it....

    O RO R8 aylar önce
    • O R bruh nobody gives 2 fucks about what kinda money HE’s making. He just tryna point out IRRELEVANT shit to distract from that fact that he’s snitching out his whole organization and basically is tryna set the house aflame AS he walks out the door.. childish shit by magic and I’m really let down by how he’s actin. Only kids will think that bragging about yo money is cool.. *yawn*..

      Car Ram-RodCar Ram-Rod8 aylar önce
  • For the life of me! i cant figure why this negro is smiling so damn much consider these facts! 1.Hes walking around with the that monster 2.He has a son walking on sunset acting and wearing clothes like a women 3.He was setup for the biggest failures in laker history and couldn't figure it out fast enough , so he made a Bad exit for a real boss Hell i would be mad as hell, Yet he is smiling like all is good , Something anit right

    Brother John'sBrother John's8 aylar önce
  • I disagree with Magic Johnson on the fire Luke Walton he was never given a real shot just to be successful he should have been at least given one more year with Anthony Davis and lebron on the same team magic seems to forget before LeBron got hurt last year lakers was about to take over the top spot in the west

    lewis griffinlewis griffin8 aylar önce
  • Rob pelinka it's a snake

    lewis griffinlewis griffin8 aylar önce
  • I loved earvin as a college player, but when he went to LA and whined at the rrefs and banged all the hoes I lost respect. He is a well dressed lazy bum. Poor coach and poor GM.

    King T YomamaKing T Yomama8 aylar önce
  • Stephen A: Rob Pelinker Magic Johnson: Shaggy P

    Sick BeatsSick Beats8 aylar önce
  • steven a is a clown

    james derocjames deroc8 aylar önce
  • Magic you're a quitter! As soon as the going gets tough he exits, anybody remember his record as coach?...5-11, he quit! Now this! Do me a favor & keep your word, DON'T COMMENT on the Lakers, C-ya quitter!!!

    Samuel NunoSamuel Nuno8 aylar önce
  • Are you saying you resigned as gm of the Lakers because of office gossiping? LMFAO welcome to any job you've ever had anywhere. You resigned because despite every lucky break imaginable you drove the franchise into the shit hole which is why the carpet was being pulled out from under you pertaining to decision making power. How can you say you quit because of gossiping while your actively participating in gossip on a national tv show? What a weak cop out..... LOL

    John DoeJohn Doe8 aylar önce
  • A job is a job Magic thought he was the Owner that's no no Rob took the job how it suppose to be the Lakers need improvement not set backs til now Rob has done his job

    Juan MasaJuan Masa8 aylar önce
  • But u quitin made u look weak because now Rob is going to get the credit not u

    Keith DeaseKeith Dease8 aylar önce
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    Incredible WorldIncredible World8 aylar önce
  • Magic was great NBA HOF guy, a legend. Fun guy, nice guy, would want him as a neighbor guy. Sharp enough to pick great managers for his business empire. BUT he is a true moron at Basketball Operations. He made every bad decision one could possibly could make, he played the clown to every other GM in the league. Sure they did some backstabbing, they had to!

    Little MAC7Little MAC78 aylar önce
    • He was the best point guard ever but a terrible coach, analyst, and president of basketball operations.

      Sick BeatsSick Beats8 aylar önce
  • Isn't he dead yet 🤔

    Steven RKOSteven RKO8 aylar önce
  • Maybe Kareem should be the next GM

    BrentBrent8 aylar önce
  • 'Bout damn time that Magic start getting it from behind, since Magic has been doing the same thing to people ever since Paul Westhead was (very briefly) the coach of the Lakers. Magic takes what Magic wants, and will shiv you in the back if you EVER get in his bleeping way. This guy is a worthless lying sack. No surprise here. Glad he's gone. The Lakers are already the better for it.

    allen frederichallen frederich8 aylar önce
  • Should never have traded D'Angelo Russel to get that father & son drama duo. Stephen A is right, blunder move. Its not Waltons fault for 'the brass' bringing in a 3rd tier point guard when you had an All Star in the making. Quit blaming & Own it!

    OhMy MyMOhMy MyM8 aylar önce
  • I had a theory all alone that magic Johnson would possibly quit or be forced out and that Rob pelinka would get credit for something like an Anthony Davis trade..... What do you think?

    Lashon SmithLashon Smith8 aylar önce
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