Buss also removed her brother, Jim, as the Lakers executive vice president of basketball operations. Magic Johnson also wants Kobe to get involved with the team, and hiring his friend and agent is a good start.
Jim Buss will still retain his ownership stake in the franchise, which the children inherited from their late father Jerry Buss.
With no GM in place, Johnson will be in charge of basketball decisions in a week when the trade market will be moving quickly.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Kupchak was in his 30th season in the Lakers front office and had been involved with the organization in some of its prominence ever since 1981.
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In a swathe of changes, the Lakers legend was tasked with bringing back some of the glory days that saw him win five titles for the National Basketball Association franchise in the 1980s. The former basketball player is taking his skills off the court and using them in the boardroom, now that Magic Johnson is president of basketball operations for the LA Lakers.
Longtime NBA agent Rob Pelinka is expected to be named the Lakers' general manager, and the organization is open to Kobe Bryant having a role as well if he's interested.
The firing of Kupchak leaves the general manager position open, which they have already, began their search for. The Lakers have not made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season and last won a league championship in 2010. The day wasn't over before the Lakers traded leading scorer Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a draft pick, a sign that it wouldn't be business as usual at Staples Center.
Pelinka represented Bryant for many years before becoming the agent of players such as James Harden, Eric Gordon, Chris Bosh, Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza and Andre Iguodala.
"It's about building the winning culture again, that's what it's about now", Johnson said on the Lakers' television network, with Buss sitting next him nodding and smiling in agreement. A new executive or athlete entering the Lakers' system would do well to study up on the franchise's 16 championships, or the president's 9 first-team all-NBA honors.