Published on July 7th, 2018 | by Landon Buford0
Post LeBron, Yankees GM, Brian Cashman understands pressure Magic Johnson & Lakers face
Magic Johnson is a Laker inside and out from his days the general of the Showtime era in the 1980s in Los Angeles. Helping the Los Angeles Lakers win five champions to his time as a head coach in 1993 to 94. Now, Magic is the President of Basketball of operation after Jeanie Buss relieved her brother Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak of their duties.
In his first order of business last season he found a way to get rid of Timofey Mozgov lousy contract and send D’Angelo Russell out of town as well to make room for Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma who both made first and second All-Rookie teams respectfully.
Earlier this week before the start of NBA free agency Magic made a bold statement “If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself,” he would continue by stating:“[Lakers owner Jeanie Buss] won’t have to fire me. I’ll step away from it because I can’t do this job.”
Basketball Society’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson recently had the opportunity to speak with another decision maker that has been in a similar situation with the New York Yankees. That being Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman Robinson asked Cashman do you always feel the pressure.
“You always feel pressure,” – New York Yankees GM and senior VP, Brian Cashman
“Every deal we do is designed to improve ourselves and get us as closer to a championship.”
During his time in New York, Cashman has helped orchestrate six American League pennants and four World Series championships. He was also the brains behind bringing Alex Rodriguez to New York in 2004.
“I always feel the pressure that whatever recommendations we make ownership accepts it’s going to benefit them and the fanbase. I know our players, fans and our ownership are counting on us to find ways to get better and that’s always the pressure. It’s real.”
When you are in New York and Los Angeles there is always pressure to win championships especially when both franchises have 42 championships combine. Future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant stated this a while ago in an interview with ESPN “We don’t hang division banners.” and “We don’t retire everyone’s jersey.”
The interview with Basketball Society with Cashman can be seen here.