Magic Johnson was back to playing multiple positions Tuesday: fan, critic and consultant.

The Lakers legend, who still refers to the team as "us," repeated his displeasure with the job team executive vice president Jim Buss is doing and expressed fear that the franchise is headed for ruin if it has a bad offseason.

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"If (Buss) doesn't have a big summer with a free agent, it looks like they'll have a good draft pick. Put that together with a good free agent, you can be right back into the mix," Johnson said on ESPN's "First Take." "If this summer, that doesn't happen where they can sign a great player, it's over for us."

Johnson didn't say which free-agent signings would make the summer successful.

Johnson also said Buss refuses to surround himself with people who can help him be more effective, although Johnson insists he doesn't want to be one of them.

"He's mad at me because I criticize him," Johnson said on "First Take." "Then he's like, 'Magic is trying to get a job with the Lakers. Magic is trying to bring me down.' No, I'm not. I'm telling the truth about the situation and trying to make us better and trying to get us into a winning situation in terms of back to

being relevant. So you get mad at me when I tell the truth."

As for the consultant part, Johnson told Stephen A. Smith on SiriusXM Radio that Kobe Bryant should use the threat of retirement to force the front office to bolster the roster.

"You almost gotta say that because if you come back with the same level of talent, Stephen A., you're just going to have the same results," Johnson told Smith. "You know, so, look, Kobe, put pressure on Jim to say, 'Look, man, you've got to bring me some talent, some help, so that this could be a great season for the Lakers and a great season for me, being my last season, and then I can retire.'"

Bryant will be in the final year of his contract next season, when he's due to make $25 million.

LA is 13-39 after a home loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday. Only the Knicks, Timberwolves and 76ers have worse records.