Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President

Johnson shockingly stepped down from his position Tuesday before the team's final game of the season at an impromptu press conference.

When asked by Nichols if he was preparing to let Walton go, Johnson said, "Yeah, I was preparing to make that decision".

Johnson pointed out that he was forced to sacrifice a lot in the title and was exhausted of being punished by the NBA for speaking to other teams' players or commenting on basketball matters on social media.

The five-time National Basketball Association champion has come under increasing pressure this year as the Lakers missed out on the post-season, despite signing LeBron James. I get to go relax and watch my Dodgers.

For a guy like Johnson who wants to help younger guys in the league, he wants to go back to doing those things and he feels like stepping down now will do that. Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, yeah, I want to do that.

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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss told ESPN she meant to let Johnson and Pelinka decide whether or not to retain Walton after the season's end.

"It's hard when you love an organization like I love this organization", Johnson said as he started to cry. A year and a half later, he had landed his top free agent, LeBron James, and promised to bring in many more stars. Many in the media are concerned that playing with LeBron James could be seen as a negative, given the constant spotlight surrounding him.

Magic Johnson leaves after speaking to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson said. "That's a decision Jeanie has to make".

Although Bryant has stated multiple times that he doesn't want to work in basketball operations, there is also the Lakers myth-making that cast him as the mastermind behind Jeanie Buss finally deciding to fire her brother Jim. He returned to coach the team for 16 games during the 1993-94 season and played in 32 games during the 1995-96 season, largely off the bench. The Lakers have not made the playoffs since 2013.

According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers. I think that, um, she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do. But Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss' affinity for Walton and Johnson's desire not to cause upheaval between them. "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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