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The Lakers stirred controversy by hiring Magic Johnson in the midst of a losing streak


Magic Johnson has reunited with the Los Angeles Lakers, but some aren't feeling so celebratory.

The LA Lakers announced big changes to the structuring of its executive management team, including the hiring of Johnson as the Lakers' newest president of basketball operations on Tuesday. On the same day, the Lakers also ousted its longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, the executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss and the vice president of public relations John Black, according to an NBA statement.

In response to the big changes, LA Lakers' governor Jeanie Buss said that she believes that they will "return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect."

"I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself. We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again."

As the newest president of the team, Johnson said he would do everything he could to "build a winning culture on and off the court."

"We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions," he said.

The team's reshuffling comes in the midst of their fourth straight losing season, CBS Sports reported, as well as just two days before the trade deadline. That means the Lakers do not have a general manager and handed basketball operations to someone who has never served in that capacity.

The famed point guard is also part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA's LA Sparks. As a former player of the Lakers, Johnson won five championships and earned three MVP awards during his 13 NBA seasons.

Some fans, however, are welcoming the reshuffling. 

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