Magic Johnson recently stepped down as president of basketball operations for the Lakers, citing GM Pelinka’s “backstabbing” as one of the reasons.
A cringe-worthy video has resurfaced online of an LA Lakers executive boasting to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson about a time he arranged a dinner with Heath Ledger… six months after the actor died.
The "Jumanji" star was summoned in May 2018 to deliver a "Genius Series" talk to the team. But it is General Manager Rob Pelinka’s bizarre introduction and its blatantly false anecdote about Ledger and Kobe Bryant that had everyone doing the "People’s Eyebrow."
“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight’," Pelinka boasted. "Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there.’
"So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role," Pelinka continued. "And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks."
If the Rock realized at that point that Heath Ledger died six months before the film was released in July of 2008, he didn’t let on — he just stared and nodded at Pelinka until he finished speaking.
Magic Johnson recently stepped down as president of basketball operations for the Lakers, citing Pelinka’s "backstabbing" as one of the reasons.
"When I took the job, do you know how many agents called me and said ‘You gotta watch out for him’?", Magic recently divulged to ESPN, claiming Pelinka was saying things about him behind his back, not just in the Lakers office, but to friends of his outside of basketball.
Like Magic, Twitter was not drinking the Kool-Aid:
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