Magic Johnson returns to Lakers as adviser
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Magic Johnson returned to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday as an adviser to owner Jeanie Buss, possibly signalling a change in the power structure of the 16-time NBA champion franchise. Johnson, one of the most beloved players in franchise history, will assist Buss “in all areas of basketball and business,” according to the team’s news release. Buss’ brother, Jim, currently runs the Lakers’ basketball operations with general manager Mitch Kupchak, but Los Angeles is in the midst of its fourth consecutive terrible season during the longest playoff drought in franchise history. The Lakers say Johnson will report directly to Jeanie Buss, who has stayed out of basketball operations during her four years running the franchise following the death of her father.
Guerrero, Halladay headline Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame class
ST. MARYS, Ont. - Former Expos slugger Vladimir Guerrero and retired Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay are among the 2017 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. Longtime Baseball Canada president Ray Carter and umpire Doug Hudlin will also be enshrined in St. Marys, Ont., later this year. The Canadian team that won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games will also be inducted. Halladay was an eight-time all-star whose .661 winning percentage is the best in Jays franchise history. He also ranks second among Jays pitchers in wins (148), shutouts (15) and strikeouts (1,495). In eight seasons with the Expos from 1996 to 2003, Guerrero was a four-time all-star. He also established all-time Expos records for batting average (.323), home runs (234), slugging percentage (.588) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.978).