Magic Johnson quits Lakers job, tells media before his boss

Magic Johnson quits Lakers job, tells media before his boss

Magic Johnson quits Lakers job, tells media before his boss

Johnson shocked the NBA world when he announced he was stepping down as the Los Angeles Lakers head of basketball operations.

It turns out Johnson prefers his life before he took the role, and wants to have more freedom.

"I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador to everybody", Johnson said.

With his newfound freedom, he'll get be involved in other roles, including as Serena Williams' mentor. "I don't want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, 'Hey, you do what you wanna do.' I know she has great love for him and great love for me". "So today I'm going to step down as president", Johnson said.

Walton's future is in jeopardy after he failed to lead the Lakers to the postseason in the first season with LeBron James on the team.

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He told reporters he was stepping down in order to preserve his friendship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, describing her as "like a sister".

"(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said. She said during a radio interview last week, "I will always defer to Magic". I'm gonna go back to that lovely life. He said he hadn't told his boss yet because he knew he would cry "like a baby".

"What I didn't like is the backstabbing and the whispering", Johnson said. And that's not fun for me.

Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. "I can't help young men who want me to help them", he said.

James, who joined the LA team in July of a year ago, didn't respond to Johnson's resignation on Tuesday. He talked about the challenge of having to trade players that he likes. "I was happier when I wasn't the president". "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". "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now".

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