Magic Johnson left Lakers because 'he wasn't able to finish the job' - Jalen Rose | First Take

  • Published on Apr 10, 2019
  • Jalen Rose, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman examine Magic Johnson's history as the Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations and break down why he decided to walk away. Jalen says Magic resigned because was not going to be able to sign another star free agent or bring a championship to L.A.
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  • Paul Wiltz
    Paul Wiltz 11 days ago

    Magic said clear as day on live TV that he would fire himself if he couldn't get it done

  • YAHVISION Rowles
    YAHVISION Rowles 29 days ago

    Magic was headed in the right direction.

  • Richie Hussle
    Richie Hussle Month ago

    Jalen a bozo for hater

  • Van Terry
    Van Terry Month ago

    It the owner who is wrong she didn't give Magic the power she said he would have and he said he wouldn't be able to be in the office. Everyone is missing the Owner is the cause of all this...

  • Paul Shaddix
    Paul Shaddix Month ago

    palace intrigue is not entertaining....Lakers are dysfunctional.....not healthy....

  • Dexter Wright
    Dexter Wright Month ago

    Jalen needs to step down like MAGIC!

  • Alejo Zamora
    Alejo Zamora Month ago +1

    I have to say neither one of these 3 dudes know shit about what goes on behind close doors in laker world but they all have sources lol yeah ok that shit crazy man

  • Andre Meadows
    Andre Meadows Month ago

    Sound like Jaden is hating on magic magic Johnson know why he left that job he know why not Jaden sound like jealousy to me

  • shawn seawood
    shawn seawood Month ago

    I agree with that statement.

  • J T
    J T Month ago

    Behind the waht?? Its ALL ego trips in LA people...thsts all.

  • The Horse
    The Horse Month ago

    ......Julius Randle was a maxed level type player when they parted ways with him..........

  • Maurice Dunmore
    Maurice Dunmore Month ago

    SAS looking like he got that country jump suit on doing time at ESPN 🤣🤣🤣

  • tucko11
    tucko11 Month ago

    Fire Rob Pelinka and hire Rob Lowe lol !

  • Threelly AI
    Threelly AI Month ago


  • mookeychase0907
    mookeychase0907 Month ago

    He kills me with this picture then goes onto slaughter Magic he did it yesterday. He should be banned from talking about this subject of Magic and Rob because he cant be objective. He has not been critical and seems incapable of being honest about Rob Pelinka...

  • John Mack
    John Mack Month ago +1

    Magic left LA because the organization is garbage and there is no legitimate leadership or intelligence in the organization. Buss is a nice, female Dolan, nothing more!

  • Terry Washington
    Terry Washington Month ago

    check it out

  • Jesse Garcia
    Jesse Garcia Month ago +1

    A former agent running the Lakers 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 .That team is going to season

  • Jay S
    Jay S Month ago

    Thank you Molly for shuting Steven up so Jaylen could finish

  • Hasade O
    Hasade O Month ago +1

    Anyone notice how Pelinka looks years older than Jalen, but they were teammates in college??

  • king kolion
    king kolion Month ago

    Jalen rose is a true hater he answered the question he played with pelinka Jalen is flakey that's why Christ webber wasn't to fuck him up

  • Jasmine Baman
    Jasmine Baman Month ago

    Seem like Lakers don't want to spend money but make money they maximize the profit LeBron is the biggest attractivion in the world big money grab then sell the team

  • Gerardg Jackie
    Gerardg Jackie Month ago +1

    Somebody somebody tell this a****** we know why he didn't finish the job he said why so he made no freaking sense right now just like Molly they don't know when to shut up or what to say right go back to your Show with two other dude man you ain't no good

  • Electric Thoughts
    Electric Thoughts Month ago +4

    Rose never get it right.. Magic did his job getting LeBron there. They should given more respect to Magic...

  • Keith Nell
    Keith Nell Month ago

    Looks like he was 100% wrong.

    JAY REINA Month ago

    Magic Johnson sound like a cry baby and Stephen a is pandering to him and helping magic save face.
    Really popinjay hurt your feelings and you quit instead of firing him ? Really???
    Magic just because a HOF in excuses

    KING SCHIST Month ago +1

    Steven a Smith be shutting people down quick I'm going to be very very clear he treated Jalen Rose like a baby Jalen Rose try to talk and hate on magic Johnson in 1 word Steven A....shut him down. How close where you and Rob pelinka Jalen Rose oh we very very close lol........

  • Earline Reed
    Earline Reed Month ago

    What part does kobe play in this mess?

  • dante hyndman
    dante hyndman Month ago

    I’m just trying to understand why lebron chose a mess like the lakers

  • Jarvis Lacy
    Jarvis Lacy Month ago

    Stephen A. Smith is wearing a hospital scrubs outfit

    IDOT ROK Month ago

    Jalen seems big mad because he wasn't as big of a star as LeBron James 😂😂😂

  • 7thno
    7thno Month ago

    Yes. He said return to greatness in 2 years. He didn't deliver. He put his self out.

  • King David
    King David Month ago

    Magic Johnson left to go back to his billionaire life! Can you blame him? Why deal with disfunction when your have a great peaceful life.

  • chris generette
    chris generette Month ago

    I know I wasn’t the only person who knew when lebron first signed that the first year was going to be awful
    This next year should have been what everybody was expecting smh

  • Mac L
    Mac L Month ago

    Hindsight is 20/20, but when you look at all the moves Magic made to get all these trash players and then let D Russell and Randle leave that's dumb

  • Mel Shiraki
    Mel Shiraki Month ago

    Steven A. You prove to all that you are a racist by saying “I like Pelinka” before you throw him under a bus. It’s the same as a white man saying “I have many black friends”, but, ...........

  • Redrum Twins
    Redrum Twins Month ago +1


  • King Solowings
    King Solowings Month ago

    Molly's normal request for a Saturday night.
    Let him finish

  • Madd Maxx
    Madd Maxx Month ago +3

    All this is irrelevant. Magic said he would step down if he couldn't turn the Lakers around in 2 years.
    New topic!😏

  • john derose
    john derose Month ago

    Stephen Ass Smith...I say that affectionally.

  • Ahmad Jan
    Ahmad Jan Month ago

    women make decisions based on there emotions thus making them unfit for leaderships. Magic left because of Jenny B.

  • Clare Logue
    Clare Logue Month ago


  • Mary p
    Mary p Month ago

    MaGIC Thought getting cry baby would bring people wanted to play but none wants to play with him be CUASE he's a selfish player and wanted everything to be in he's favor he will never be like dewade in is life he's a true team player but now retired. He now who he is be CUASE dewade taught him how to be a team player after he knew how it goes he stayed to him self I am the only king wrong desde taught you how.

  • R D
    R D Month ago +2

    Steven A bout to pop when he can't talk for the whole show 🏀💯

  • Al
    Al Month ago +1

    So you had to show a picture to make people believe you ain't a card carrying Laker hater?Didn't finish the job? How stupid is that? He had the whole summer to "finish the job." You lose all credibility when you talk about the Lakers. Laker fans see you Jalen, stop fronting.

  • Ljh Hjl
    Ljh Hjl Month ago

    As impressive as Jalen sounds it's still speculation until we hear what Magic Johnson has to say invite him on your show and ask him BIG questions🌴😎☕

  • Daniel Oliver Nease

    Bruh how many times Jalen gon' blink

  • p Plains
    p Plains Month ago

    Nba is a joke ! I like turtles!

  • Justin Evans
    Justin Evans Month ago

    He has hiv

  • Juan Salazar
    Juan Salazar Month ago

    Take LeBron out..And start fresh...LeBron to hollywood....

  • Rodwell Mark
    Rodwell Mark Month ago

    And then we find out, that Jeanie and them was backstabbing..NOW WHAT JALEN....any response???

  • saabguy303
    saabguy303 Month ago

    Magic Is Clean,Those Custom Made Suits Are Second To None.I Bet They Are About $30K Plus A Pop!

  • Reality Era News
    Reality Era News Month ago

    I really don't like jalen rose anymore. We love our people in Detroit but dude just comes across as a bitter corporate apologist.

  • Osinata Tellem
    Osinata Tellem Month ago +2


  • 47 boogieman
    47 boogieman Month ago

    Jalen and Molly were very very super close when he played for the Pacers. A lot of people say maybe too close if you know what I mean

  • Eugene Tilley
    Eugene Tilley Month ago

    Magic realize he couldnt do the job, it was too much for him and he didnt want to mess up his legacy wit L.A so he escape lol!!!!!

  • VeinyDickTracy
    VeinyDickTracy Month ago +1

    Molly told Steven to let Jalen finish... I know he hates her. (Just like everyone else)

  • VeinyDickTracy
    VeinyDickTracy Month ago

    Who else can’t stand the way Jalen pauses in between every word he says. He thinks it sounds cool.. he sounds stupid.

  • monolith geometry
    monolith geometry Month ago

    Drama queens

  • Phenom AL
    Phenom AL Month ago

    These shows wanna spread nonsense, AL will pull up facts my ninja's! "Just Do It"

  • Testos Tyrone
    Testos Tyrone Month ago

    "I gave y'all 14 minutes..."

  • anthony w
    anthony w Month ago

    Molly (let me finish)

  • Don Tacha
    Don Tacha 2 months ago

    Jeanie Buss politely asked Johnson to go away.. Johnson politely obliged. That is what really happened.. That was a quote from a unnamed source whom wishes to remain unnamed, close to the Buss family.. That is what I believe happened.. I believe Walton got the same speech.. Team Johnson was a debacle..

    DJANGO JENKINS 2 months ago

    Now u niggas look stupid.

  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson 2 months ago

    Short Jalen Rose he just a b****

  • Daniel Baltzell
    Daniel Baltzell 2 months ago

    Very ironic molly bloated ass tellin ppl not to interrupt

  • Chucky Perano
    Chucky Perano 2 months ago

    I'm trying to count how may times Jalen blinked.

  • Kare Bear
    Kare Bear 2 months ago

    I thought Jalen's perspective was fair but after seeing this VID
    THIS IS THE BEST RESPONSE/REASON for the Departure of Magic!

  • David Lugo
    David Lugo 2 months ago

    Now lebron must be feeling stupid!!! I said it before lebron signed with the lakers that he was gonna regret its way to many shoes to fill and the fans didnt even want him there which is crazy!!!

  • Danuel Ruez
    Danuel Ruez 2 months ago

    I disagree with Jalen on one thing. Yes a top free agent will come to LA for the fact that they can offer a boat load of $$$$ even if it's on a short term deal.

  • th0mmie
    th0mmie 2 months ago

    Fuck MJ.

  • Jason Cafeo
    Jason Cafeo 2 months ago

    Jalen is a ignorant fool

  • Simply Timm
    Simply Timm 2 months ago

    Magic is not a billionaire. His net worth is just over half a billion they list it at 600,000,000.

  • Patrick Lemire
    Patrick Lemire 2 months ago

    Your Idol has clay feet. Magic wasn't even in the office. Finish? Finish what? LeBron came to town. Magic took credit and the rest of the year OFF.

  • CptCanada
    CptCanada 2 months ago +1

    Lmao they are so sour accepting that nobody is going to LA. Get over it Max and SAS!

  • Burger Eater
    Burger Eater 2 months ago

    Lakers are trash but it wasn't Magic's fault. James ruined the season as soon as he tried to trade everyone on the team for Anthony Davis.

  • jojo otto
    jojo otto 2 months ago

    Lebron fired magic.

  • Theron English
    Theron English 2 months ago

    You gotta be able to recognize talent and have a vision of what kind of team you want to create. Getting players that won't or don't mix together will always be a problem for the top office. For instance. Why couldn't Magic recognize that Lebron James wouldn't fit with that team? Why would you trade away good players just to get one man that is starting to get his slide downward? Magic had a winning stack of cards in his hand and blew it getting Lebron James. Maybe one day They'll know that no matter how great you were---A player in his mid 30's is starting to become a worn-out dish rag. Didn't make sense to me----I'm a Laker fan since 1960. But if you got money to buy--you don't need to be able to recognize talent or make good decisions. Just buy it.-----''PEACE''

  • Cory Rimpson
    Cory Rimpson 2 months ago

    It's crazy too me nobody is addressing Magic said he'd quit if didn't make the playoffs in the first two years of his job. I mean wouldn't that be the best reason why he quit

  • Firehawk 94
    Firehawk 94 2 months ago

    LeBron is making the decisions for the Lakers, that's why he left. Why else would Walton be fired?? Why now is Bus talking to Lue about being the new coach?? Obviously LeBron is influencing the decisions.😉.

  • Kieran Law
    Kieran Law 2 months ago

    Jalen sound buzzed

  • David Valles
    David Valles 2 months ago +1

    LeBron just needs one championship and he would be only player in history to lead 3 different teams to championships. LeGoat James.

  • Avery Thompson
    Avery Thompson 2 months ago

    Jalen the realest dude in ESPN history. He the only one the youth listen to. He keeps it 1000 at all times

  • Stan Mann
    Stan Mann 2 months ago

    Magic Johnson is a pedophile. Aids. Wacko son. Super head saying Magic wanted playdates with her sons.

  • Jahvon McDaniel
    Jahvon McDaniel 2 months ago

    So sick of Jalen Rose slow talking ass😂😂😂😂

  • mada paker
    mada paker 2 months ago +2

    Breaking News:
    Stephen A. Is the new lakers president.

  • BT BROS.
    BT BROS. 2 months ago

    Once Lebron is on your team, there is no hope for coaching because he wants to control everything. Lebron should quit and become a coach. He don't play for his team anyways. He's the biggest pussy in the league. Tell me one player that sits the last 10 to 15 games just because there are no playoff hope. People pay money to see him play. It should be a rule to play every game regardless.

  • 412 Sports & Entertainment

    All this drama is because LeBron always "needs more help" yet he's "the best player in the planet".... Funny, the clippers are in the playoffs

  • Chi Chi
    Chi Chi 2 months ago

    SaS gone have words for Qerim.

    BOSTON BRUINS 12 2 months ago

    I absolutely love it when the lakers SUCK shit !!! Goooooooo CELTICS !!! Long live Larry Bird !!!🍀

  • elwin38
    elwin38 2 months ago

    Stephen A looking like he getting ready to clean some house gutters.

  • Mike L
    Mike L 2 months ago

    He is a good GM. I thought he done well to get LeBron. Anthony Davies trade was not his fault, NOP asked too much. I actually think it was better Lakers didn't get Davies and keep all the young players. If Magic Johnson had stay, may be he can get Ben Simmons as free agent. I think Ben Simmons should come to Lakers as he can learn so much from LeBron and develop his games. Further I think Lakers should hire Kobe to develop Ben Simmons' jump shots. He can rebound and assist, but horrible at jump shots. Ben Simmons needs LeBron and Kobe. Now I'm not sure if Ben will come to Lakers without Magic.

  • Tim Zahler
    Tim Zahler 2 months ago


  • Shawn Wallop
    Shawn Wallop 2 months ago

    Kobe is an snake!an polenker!

  • Shawn Wallop
    Shawn Wallop 2 months ago

    That's how you do your job Molly!priceless!Molly you are awesome an jalen i respect you bro!

  • Shawn Wallop
    Shawn Wallop 2 months ago

    Steven A. Shut up!

  • Glen Draper
    Glen Draper 2 months ago

    Magic and LeBron to Boston Celtics.

  • Eric Sampson
    Eric Sampson 2 months ago

    Y’all sheep still getting caught up in this fuckery they have to keep your minds locked and controlled smh.. I remember I use to get caught up in this mess until I woke up snd seen that it’s all fake

  • Brent T
    Brent T 2 months ago

    A Legend named Magic. Magic is the Lakers and Mr. Buss would have fired Pelinka! Magic knows the League operations to every team. The love of deference and history has been disrespected. Pelinka does not bleed Lakers Magic does! Shame!I learned in my young life always respect my elders and honor their journey! Magic God bless you!

  • A.K.B.
    A.K.B. 2 months ago +1

    I have a hard time thinking Rob Pelinka is the ONLY agent (former or current) that has ever done any kind of shady deals and have made enemies. The only reason they are talking about his background because he's working for the Lakers and they are a constant target of hate by rival franchises. I've never heard a sports show talk about a GM's background as much as this.