The World According to Jim (aka As The Lakers Turn):
• Earvin Johnson has never been one to hold his tongue. We have loved him over the years, even though there have been times when we huddled together. He carries his heart up the sleeve, barely commenting and often painfully honest, sometimes at the expense of his own image.
So it was Monday when Magic wore a full metal jacket at the Lakers reception. He supported the introduction of the new trainer Frank Vogel, who was perhaps a coincidence or not. Stephen A. Smith, presenter of First Take, insisted on his radio broadcast on Monday morning that the gig had been booked before the Lakers hired a coach, let alone set a press conference date. More importantly, Magic criticized Rob Rob Pelinka, who was widely known by NBA insiders but largely ignored. …
• The immediate narrative was that magic damaged his image by uttering it and that his comments were selfish. Maybe the first, probably the second, but Magic said things that needed to be said. And at least he spoke. …
• I have given Pelinka the honor of facing the media on Monday during the Q & A section of the Vogel's press conference. However, in the 26 minutes and 23 seconds of the official session, many questions remained unanswered. Vogel stayed for a few TV talks and an informal conversation with other reporters, as is usually the case, but Pelinka did not even attend.
It seems like the Lakers are doing business these days.
Jeanie Buss has not spoken publicly since the end of the season and was not visible on Monday even though she was in the building. LeBron James, who has not spoken in addition to the HBO show he's co-produced, attended the press process and then did a few baskets ̵
Are you aware that you can not control the message with silence? …
• Noteworthy: Experienced radio reporter Ted Sobel asked Pelinka how best to suppress criticism of the Front Office, adding, "And how does transparency come into play?"
Pelinka ignored this part of the question. Maybe he thought that this topic is not a profit at this time. And that was the last query before the session was interrupted.
• The organizational position seems to be that winning solves everything. Usually that's right.
"Put simply, the best way to curb the noise is what the Lakers are doing, and that is to win and compete for banners," Pelinka said. "The noise will occur if you do not."
But it's now six years since the Lakers contested the playoffs, and a good portion of their fan base has serious questions about the organization's ability to build a championship team.
The front office can say "Trust us". If fans ask why, for credibility, you should not be prepared for an answer. …
• Bird, who made the most of a difficult situation on Monday, may be the most likeable character of this Kabuki. He seems genuinely excited, he has a plan and a philosophy, and he seems unimpressed by the idea of joining a franchise historically based on drama.
His three-year deal in a league where a guy from college, John Beilein, just got five from Cleveland? The idea that the guy most people assume will be his successor, Jason Kidd, his staff? No problem.
"I'm good at suppressing noise," he said. "I've been in this business for a long time and I do not think about it anymore." …
• Vogel also said something unsolicited that, intentionally or otherwise, points to the need to turn the chaos in the front office into real cooperation. I wonder if it turned up during the job interview.
"We need to build togetherness with our organization," he said. "And I'm not just talking about the 15 or 17 guys who will be in uniform and in the locker room, I'm talking about organizational togetherness, from ownership to front office to trainers, players, coaches and business. We will all move in the same direction. "
That has to start above. Is it possible?