Agent Rich Paul seems like he makes all the personnel decisions for the Los Angeles Lakers, so much so that someone even straight up asked him if he runs the Lakers.
The superagent confirmed that he has nothing to do with the day-to-day operations at the Staples Center.
“Are you kidding me?” he said when he was asked if he runs Los Angeles. “I love what I do, man. I love the guys I represent. I love being in that process.”
While he said he might be interested in buying a team one day, Paul said that he still enjoys being an agent.
“It’s special. I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s not work for me.”
Paul doubled down on his initial statement to close out.
“I don’t run the Lakers. I don’t want to run the Lakers, but the Lakers are a great organization,” he said. “They’ve been nothing but great to me, per se, through the guys that I represent.”
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) July 7, 2019
There was a report about Paul claiming he does his best to pit the teams and coaches against his players in order to have more leverage.
“And some players also believed, according to coaching staff members and those players’ agents, that Klutch Sports was working to trade them away for a superstar,” Homes wrote at the time. “Given those perceptions, one former Lakers player described Paul’s presence on the team charter as a ‘culture killer.'”
Sounds to me like Rich Paul is just really good at his job.
His #1 priority is to make money for himself and his clients.
Agents are not saints.
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