NBA legend Magic Johnson has urged Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant to retire from basketball at the end of the season.
Kobe is currently recovering from shoulder surgery and will return in September, but Johnson says that Bryant shouldn't return unless the Lakers bring in a big free agent this summer.
Johnson has been openly critical of Lakers owner Jim Buss ever since he hired Mike D'Antoni as coach over basketball legend Phil Jackson in 2012, and he believes this offseason will be the biggest of Buss's career.
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"If he doesn't have a big summer with a free agent," Johnson told ESPN, "it looks like they'll have a good draft pick. Put that together with a good free agent, you can be right back into the mix. If this summer, that doesn't happen where they can sign a great player, it's over for us."
Furthermore, Magic Johnson believes that Kobe Bryant should retire if the Lakers don't improve their roster with a big free agent signing in the summer.
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"And I really believe this: [Kobe] should ... say to Jim and them, 'Look, if you don't sign one of these free agents [this offseason], man, I'm just not going to play next year,'" Johnson added.
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