Magic John­son re­turns to Lak­ers as ad­viser

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

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).

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