LA Lakers icon Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson has said that he wants to use his influence to help his former franchise recruit the best talent around.

In what’s been a poor season for the Lakers injuries to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have meant that they have largely struggled to win games - they now sit with a record of 17-32 and their win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night was their first in eight games.

Put plainly, they need every bit of help they can get right now.

As such, Magic has insisted that he will look to help the franchise bring in new names, with a view to aiding the team’s long-term future.

“I've done that in the past," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times.

"I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom."

The 54-year-old, who some regard as being the best point-guard of all-time, also revealed that he has a special skill when it comes to coming out on top in tricky negotiations.

“I talked to [late Lakers' owner] Dr. [Jerry] Buss when Lamar and Dr. Buss were having that problem for a minute there,” he continued.

"I was able to calm everybody down and make sure they understood how valuable Lamar was, and then Dr. Buss signed him back.”

It remains to be seen who the Lakers will be recruiting, but it seems as though Johnson could once again prove pivotal in any success they may achieve.

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