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Legendary Magic Johnson weighed in on the head coach search by the Lakers. It has been reported that there are three finalists for the job: Darvin Ham, Kenny Atkinson and Terry Stotts.

According to Johnson, who won five championships as a Laker, the team lacked accountability last season and that is what he wants the new head coach to bring.

In his opinion, the fact that the remaining candidates are ex-players gives them advantage because they can command respect right away. Although, Johnson says, the new head coach does not have to be an ex-player necessarily.

Via David Aldridge of The Athletic:

MJ: I think that, to me, they’re showing you, right now. Probably besides Erik Spoelstra, all the other three that’s in the final four are ex-players. So, I think that says a lot about these young ex-players who command respect right away, who have done it before. I’m not saying it has to be an ex-player, but I’m saying you have to look at what’s going on. Most of the guys who are in the playoffs. But the most important thing to me is accountability. They must hold everybody, one through 15, accountable. And we got away from accountability. Guys never talked about that this season. It was always somebody else’s fault. I hated that. Never, ‘Hey, I played bad. Hey, It’s on me.’ So whether it’s an ex-player or not, but the trend is ex-players. But if not, I want a coach that’s going to hold everybody accountable. And, so, that’s what I would like to see.”