After Dismal Season, Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers President

Apr 11, 2019, 00:31
After Dismal Season, Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers President

Johnson made the announcement ahead of the Lakers' regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers, in which they lost 104-101. I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother.

"Today, I'm going to step down as the president", Johnson told a stunned crowd of reporters gathered outside the Lakers' locker room.

James and Johnson are said to have clashed over several key ideas on how to take the team forward. What am I doing?' So, I'm going to go back to that handsome life. If I had to stay, I had to get better. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job". I'm so happy. I'm a guy who always knows when things are right, and this is right.

The Lakers paid tribute to Johnson, a Hall of Famer during his playing days with the team, in a brief statement.

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Johnson has served as the team's president of basketball operations for over two years - the latest move in a long and successful career as a businessman and philanthropist after he retired from basketball in 1991 when he tested positive for HIV. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive.

At the time, Jeanie Buss said she hoped the moves would "return the Lakers to the heights Dr".

Johnson was apparently given permission to sack head coach Luke Walton but refused to do so.

"My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss", Oram quoted Johnson as saying.

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Johnson explained running the Lakers did not allow him to function in the role he loves most - being a statesman for the game of basketball.

The Lakers lost to Portland 104-101 to finish the season 37-45, missing the National Basketball Association playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, despite signing perennial all-star forward LeBron James in the offseason.

Johnson denied reports that his relationship with Walton had broken down. "See what she wants to do", the Lakers great added. One of the weirdest parts of his impromptu press conference was his non-endorsement of Rob Pelinka, the general manager he hired.

In speaking to reporters, Johnson said he was exhausted of the many things plaguing the team ranging from injuries, to internal politics to even betrayals. "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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