Magic Johnson says Kobe Bryant wants to help him rebuild Lakers
Since retiring from the NBA last season, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has been hanging around the franchise, making a rare appearance here and there. Bryant doesn’t have any defined role with the Lakers right now but that may be changing in the very near future. At least that’s what Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson is hinting will happen.
During a recent interview on Sirius XM Radio NBA, Johnson talked a bit about Bryant and what he could bring to the table when it comes to the Lakers.
“Kobe wants to be a part of it,” Johnson said (transcribed by Kyle Boone of CBS Sports). “He wants to be involved, and I told him any kind of way he wants to be involved. We don’t want him to come into work every day, no. We just want his expertise and pick his brain and also, show me or tell me what’s missing. So then I can say, ‘OK, hey, maybe I missed that. I’m going to jump on that.’ He got great ideas, so we going to implement a plan where we can have him involved.”
After he retired, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before Bryant was back with the Lakers, helping them out in some sort of capacity. And now it sounds like Johnson wants to make Bryant back with the franchise sooner rather than later.