The Los Angeles Lakers officially hired Rob Pelinka as their new general manager, and Kobe Bryant is fully onboard with his old agent taking on the high-pressure role.

The Black Mamba hopes Pelinka and team president Magic johnson figure out a way to get the Lakers back on the winning track.

Pelinka, 47, spent over two decades representing some of the NBA’s biggest stars.

From the press release:

In his role, Pelinka will report to Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss and President of Basketball Operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

 

“We have worked closely with Rob for many years and have first-hand experience with his knowledge of the league and the business of basketball,” said Buss. “In our recent discussions, it was clear that he also shares our goal of returning the Lakers to being an elite NBA franchise. Together with Earvin and Coach Walton, I believe we are in a great position to bring winning basketball back to the Lakers.”

 

“Rob’s knowledge of the NBA landscape and the CBA, as well as his relationships with GMs around the league, are invaluable,” said Johnson. “After running a successful sports agency and as someone who truly understands the inner workings of salary caps and player negotiations, he will bring the additional skills and experience needed in the Lakers executive office. Rob is a winner and the Lakers are fortunate to have him.”