WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former NBA legend and president of Los Angeles Lakers’ basketball operation Earvin ‘Magic Johnson’ slammed Lakers guard Dennis Schroder following the playoff’s loss against the Phoenix Suns.
- Johnson thought that Schroder was not a “Laker” since he “failed” in the series.
- The former Lakers superstar guard also called out Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.
Even though he’s no longer Los Angeles Lakers’ President for basketball operations, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson expressed his disappointment on Lakers guard Dennis Schroder following a lackluster performance during the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Suns.
In an interview with Los Angeles’ AM 570 a day following the Lakers’ playoffs elimination, Johnson slammed Schroder and his pending free agent.
“Schroder — I don’t think he’s a Laker,” the former Lakers executive said. “That’s just my opinion. I don’t know if they’re gonna sign him back or not. I don’t think he brings the winning mentality and attitude that we need.”
“He had a chance to show that in this series. And to me, he failed in this series,” he added.
Ultimately, the former LA superstar guard said that he would support the team’s current point guard should the management decide to keep him.
“If he comes back as a Laker, I’m gonna support him, I’m gonna cheer for him and all that,” he said. “I just don’t think he’s a Laker.”
To be fair to Schroder, most of his teammates (except for Lebron James, and Anthony Davis who was injured) did not play well during the series. The Lakers guard had a 40 field goal percentage with an average of 14 points, almost 3 assists and roughly 2 turnovers.
Johnson’s statements also appeared to be sort of criticisms for Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, whom he accused of backstabbing him then when they were still both working at the front office.
“Lakers GM Rob Pelinka has a lot of work to do this summer because a lot of Lakers did not perform well during the series against the Phoenix Suns,” the Laker legend wrote on his Twitter Saturday.
While nobody could confirm if Johnson’s statements were personal, it kinda felt like it was.