One of the most coveted jobs in all of sports now is open, and only a few individuals are qualified for the job.
And, as it just so happens, one of those individuals works for the Boston Celtics.
As you probably have heard by now, Magic Johnson stepped down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, just minutes before the team’s final game of the season. Johnson announced the news in bizarre, meandering press conference in which he revealed that he had yet to inform Lakers owner Jeanie Buss of his decision.
(That’s right: Johnson went public with his decision to step down before he told his boss.)
Again, general manager/president of the Lakers might be the most coveted job in basketball, and you can bet the franchise will be aggressive recruiting a top-notch candidate. And although there’s no reason to believe that Celtics president Danny Ainge would entertain the thought of joining Boston’s arch-rival, “First Things First” co-host Nick Wright believes Ainge should be near the top of the Lakers’ list.
Here’s what the FS1 talking head had to say Wednesday morning:
So, how does Ainge feel about all of this?
“I don’t know what happened,” Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich” on Wednesday morning when asked about the news. “I know that this work is a grind, and if you don’t really enjoy the people you’re working with and the work you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it.
” … I don’t really understand the dynamic of how he did it by not telling Jeanie,” Ainge said. “That seemed a little bit interesting. But I like Magic, and he’s a good guy, but it sounds like to me he just wants to go back and have the life he had before he had this job.”
Maybe Ainge will consider the Lakers, and maybe he won’t. For now, he and the Celtics are focused on their looming first-round playoff series with the Indiana Pacers.
Boston will have home-court advantage in the first-round matchup, the schedule of which will be revealed after the NBA regular season concludes Wednesday night.
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