Magic Johnson wants to do a lot more than offer suggestions to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hired this month in a role the NBA team described as "adviser," the Hall of Famer and Lakers great says he wants to call the shots as he brings the 16-time champions back to prominence and he knows just the man to help them win.
"First call I make if I'm in charge? Kobe Bryant," Johnson told ESPN on Tuesday.
"Because Kobe understands winning. He understands, also, these players. I would call: 'What role you want? ... If you've got a day, just give me that day.'
"I'll take that. Whatever time he has, I want him to come and be a part of it."
Johnson, who will be assisting Lakers president and part-owner Jeanie Buss as an adviser in basketball and business matters moving forward, thinks this Los Angeles squad is poised to be great — like Bryant and himself were when they won five championship rings during their careers as Lakers players.
But the Lakers own the second-worst record (19-37) in the Western Conference and need help, either before the February 23 trade deadline or the more likely option, free agency this summer.
"Everybody has to be on the same page right now," Johnson said on Monday. "What we should be concerned about is not just right now, but how it will affect the future of the Lakers. That's why we all have to be on the same page."