Never let facts get in the way of a good story. This is probably Rob Pelinka’s mantra. He introduced himself as “a storyteller” when taking on the Lakers job and a storyteller he is.
Don’t get me wrong, we all embellish a story here and there. “Fake it till you make it” has been proved to work. The problem becomes stopping the faking once you make it. I’d say becoming the Lakers GM qualifies as making it and Pelinka can stop faking. Well, he should.
In a recent story by Baxter Holmes, We found out about the Lakers “Genius Talks” program. They would bring inspiring people to talk to the players. Ok, sounds good, could be a nice thing. Not everything is bad in Lakerland. Then, Pelinka had to step in the frame.
The problem is, “The Dark Knight” was released in July 2008, six months after Ledger died. What I don’t get is why do this? There’s no need to make stuff up like this. You were Kobe’s agent, there have to be enough true stories to tell!
This is just one episode that explains “the reputation” we’ve been all hearing about that Pelinka has in NBA circles. Still, Jeanie decided not to hire anyone above him or replace him, even though people like Pat Riley publicly said they didn’t even get a call.
Why would you trust this man in a free agent meeting?