NBA: Kobe Bryant Returning to Los Angeles Lakers Soon?

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 02/15/17 02:31PM EST

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the precipice of being great again, but they need more than young players to do it. They will have to make changes in management and newly-appointed adviser Magic Johnson wants Kobe Bryant to join the Lakers' front office.

The Lakers announced on their official website earlier this month that Johnson is going to be the adviser to team president and co-owner Jeanie Buss. He will also be working alongside general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss.

After re-joining the Lakers, the Hall of Famer then told USA Today Sports that he wants to "call the shots" for the team. Jim, who took over when Dr. Jerry Buss died in 2013, will likely step down next season since the Lakers are not competing for NBA titles in the last four seasons.

"Working to call the shots, because it only works that way. Right now I'm advising. I get that. But at the end of the day, then we all got to come together and somebody's got to say, 'I'm making the final call,' all right?" Johnson said.

Now, the five-time NBA champion is already making plans for next season's changes in the front office. He said in an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday that he will bring Kobe Bryant in the front office to help the Lakers become winners again.

"First call I make if I'm in charge? Kobe Bryant. Because Kobe understands winning. He understands, also, these players. I would call: 'What role you want? If you've got a day, just give me that day,'" Johnson said.

The Lakers are tied with the Boston Celtics with the most number of NBA championships in history with 16. They last won the title in 2010 when they defeated the Celtics in a classic seven-game series. However, the franchise has fallen on hard times since Kobe's body started breaking down.

"Black Mamba" retired last season, but the Lakers are close to becoming contenders once again. The ownership started making changes and they have one of the best young cores in the league that includes D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and Brandon Ingram.

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