Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson stepped down as Lakers president Tuesday night.

Magic Johnson's run as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end, stepping down from his position today.

"I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody". "I know she's gonna be sick but I know I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday. I don't want to disappoint her".

With the way the Lakers' first season with LeBron James hobbled toward the finish line like a wounded gazelle, you nearly had to laugh as Johnson took center stage from Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki - both playing in the final home games of their career on Tuesday night - to abruptly resign from his post, unbeknownst to owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka, then spout off bewildering one-liners like, "I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed", and, "if we were not [moving in the right direction as a franchise], I'd probably be staying".

Johnson added about the day-to-day National Basketball Association business, "What I didn't like is the backstabbing and the whispering".

Johnson also put to rest that this unexpected move wasn't made because of Luke Walton's future as the team's head coach. "Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightfully expect", referring to her late father, under whom the Lakers won 10 National Basketball Association championships, including five with Johnson as the point guard of the teams known as the Showtime Lakers. I'm looking forward to it.

Johnson, a Hall of Famer from his playing days with the Lakers, said he is resigning because he doesn't enjoy the job. "This is a good day".

And though James was in charge of his decision to join the Lakers last summer, LeBron credited Magic with closing the deal in a meeting before he agreed to a four-year contract. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family". "Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that.' So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn't do anything wrong. That's not who I am.' And then I don't want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, 'Hey, you can do what you want to do.' I know she has great love for him and great love for me".

Johnson, who won five titles as a player with the team, was appointed president in March 2017.

Magic Johnson drops a bomb as the season winds down.

Walton told reporters he didn't know Johnson was planning to quit. "I can't help young men who want me to help them", he said.

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