Magic Johnson Returns to Lakers in Advisory Role

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Magic Johnson

"I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA," the sports legend says.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The team announced on Thursday that Johnson, one of its most celebrated players, is on board to be an adviser on business and ownership practices. 

The 57-year-old helped the team win five championships during his tenure, which ran from 1979 to 1991, and then again in 1996. He also coached the team in 1994. 

"We are thrilled and honored to add Magic's expertise and abilities, and I look forward to working alongside him," Jeanie Buss, Lakers governor, said in a statement. 

According to the team, Johnson's duties include "advising ownership on all business and basketball matters, collaborating with coaches, evaluating and mentoring players, assessing future franchise needs, and helping ownership to determine the best path for growth and success."

Johnson, also part of a group of investors who purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, reports directly to Buss.

"Everyone knows my love for the Lakers," Johnson said in a statement. "Over the years, I have considered other management opportunities; however, my devotion to the game and Los Angeles make the Lakers my first and only choice. I will do everything in my power to help return the Lakers to their rightful place among the elite teams of the NBA." 

Before the announcement, Johnson tweeted a Throwback Thursday photo. 

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