Rob Pelinka was recently on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast and was asked about how he had thought about becoming an NBA general manager for a considerable amount of time and how he is managing the demands of the job.
“I feel like this is the sweet spot for kind of who I am with my background having gone to law school, having worked as an agent for almost 20 years and understanding the cap and how the system works, how modern day players think," said Pelinka "I went to business school and got a business degree and then basketball of course, having played in three Finals Fours. Those are my passions in life and they all kind of converge in this job.
“I think more than anything, Dr. (Jerry) Buss is our north star. He revolutionized the entire landscape of professional sports when he converged entertainment and sports together and kind of broke the mold. We’re still living with a lot of his vision today across all sports leagues.
“And I think we feel the same," said Pelinka. "We have a platform that is second to none with this Lakers’ platform. We see an opportunity to cast a new vision for the future. The Lakers were always a team going back in history where all the other 29 teams were saying ‘hey how can we do it like the Lakers do?’ and maybe we lost that a little bit. I think it’s time to think that way again and hopefully get back to a position where others are saying ‘gosh, look at how the Lakers are doing things, we’d love it if we could do it that way.’
"It’s a challenge. It starts with Magic and I casting that vision and seeing it through.
"In terms of your specific question, one of the things Dr. Buss always said and I know Jeanie (Buss) is aligned to this. The Lakers are the Lakers when there’s a star in the building. The greats are so easily listed. Magic, Shaq, Kobe, Jerry West, Wilt. I can go on and on down the list. We feel like this is a perfect platform for hopefully that next player to eventually say there’s no city like LA, there’s no team that has the legacy like the Lakers. This could be my home someday. The perfect platform to accomplish what I want to with my career. I think that’s an important thing we make sure happens.