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Magic Johnson praises 1 notable Lakers figure after playoff series win

After punching their ticket to the Western Conference Finals, Magic Johnson says one Los Angeles Lakers figure deserves thanks.

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Mar 23, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; NBA former player Magic Johnson watches during the first half between the Clemson Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Midwest regional of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers punched their ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a 122-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. It was incredible accomplishment considering the team started the season 2-10, dealt with a multitude of injuries and had to claw their way back into playoff contention. And team legend Magic Johnson knows exactly where some of the thanks is owed.

Following the dominant Game 6 victory at the Arena, Johnson tweeted out a tip of the cap to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

Johnson and Pelinka have had an up-and-down relationship over the years. Shortly after resigning as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations in 2019, Johnson accused Pelinka of “backstabbing” him. Pelinka refused to trade barbs, simply stating that he was “saddened” by some of Johnson’s commentary.

After the Lakers won the NBA Championship the following year, the two appeared to bury the hatchet. Pelinka called Johnson immediately after the championship win and the two “had a great talk.”

While it hasn’t exactly been perfectly smooth sailing since then, Johnson remains on good terms with Pelinka and the Lakers organization. And he’ll undoubtedly be cheering them on with a shot at the NBA Finals on the line.

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