Lakers and NBA followers alike tuned into ESPN on Monday with Johnson set to seem to clarify his resolution to stroll away from his place within the franchise final month.
However no one anticipated the explosive nature of Johnson’s feedback, calling out Rob Pelinka was one of many predominant causes for him wanting to go away.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Individuals across the Laker workplace was telling me that Rob [Pelinka] was saying issues, and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like these issues being mentioned behind my againÃ¢â‚¬â€that I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t within the workplace sufficient and so forth,” he mentioned.
His feedback have despatched shockwaves within the Lakers organisation, coming as an enormous shock to Jeanie Buss and most definitely James as nicely.
The timing could not have come at a worse time for the Lakers as nicely, with Frank Vogel being formally unveiled as the brand new head coach hours later.
Nevertheless it additionally raises additional questions on whether or not marquee free brokers would need to be a part of the Lakers, with controversy nonetheless following them regardless of not being concerned within the playoffs.
They’ve sufficient cap area to make a plea to the large free brokers, resembling Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.
James significantly does not sit in with interviews for potential free brokers targets.
However the Lakers will probably require the three-time champion to buck the development.
And NBA legend Scottie Pippen believes will probably be needed for James to minimize the drama surrounding the Lakers to potential targets.
“I’ll be questioning the place’s LeBron,” he mentioned on ESPN’s The Bounce.
“Do LeBron need me and what’s his tackle this?
“I feel LeBron has been behind the scene on all of this, even dropping Magic and we heard from him and Lonzo on how this all got here down on the Magic deal.
“We do not actually know the place LeBron’s head is in all of this and does he need to play for Frank Vogel?
“Does he suppose he can win once more taking part in for the Lakers?
“As a result of if they do not get a great free agent – and I am speaking about one of many high gamers within the sport – then I do not suppose they are going to have the ability to compete within the west anyway.”