Renaissance man: GM Rob Pelinka, Kobe's former agent, is trying to revitalize the Lakers


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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – If you didn’t know Rob Pelinka was one of the most important people in this post-Kobe Bryant Lakers era, the yin to Magic Johnson’s yang in the front office overhauled by owner Jeanie Buss in February, you might mistake him for one of those well-to-do fans who watches from his front row seat at Staples Center.

At least on this day.

The team’s 47-year-old general manager, the Rob Lowe look-a-like who went to three Final Fours with the Fab Five teams at Michigan and later spent 18 years as Bryant’s agent before making this massive career turn, is dressed head to toe in purple and gold as he sits inside the Lakers’ new $80 million training center. The Nike shoes. The hooded sweatshirt. The high-end sweat pants.

It’s casual Friday where approximately 150 Lakers employees…

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