Magic Johnson’s time as Lakers’ President has come to an end. Johnson announced on Tuesday night that he is officially stepping down as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations. He announced the decision in an impromptu news conference.
Magic Johnson shocks – well, everyone – and announces he’s stepping down as president of the Lakers. Says he’s not yet spoken to Jeanie Buss to tell her. Says he’s sick of tampering rules, he’s tired of the “backstabbing” & says he didn’t want to disappoint Jeanie by firing Luke. pic.twitter.com/m50VKQmmDR
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 10, 2019
Johnson made his intentions clear. He said that he wants to go back to having fun. He also said that he was happier when he wasn’t the team president.
“I was happier when I wasn’t the president,” said Johnson.
Johnson said he did not inform Jeanie Buss, the Lakers’ owner or Rob Pelinka, the general manager of the Lakers of his decision.
“I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her (Buss),” he said. “I couldn’t stand to tell her.”
Johnson became the Lakers’ president of basketball operations in 2017. He became the president after the Lakers fired Mitch Kupchak as general manager. They also removed Jim Buss as executive vice president of basketball operations.
Johnson said that he wants to return to his work within the community as well as being a mentor for NBA players. He wants to be a mentor and do things such as attend Dwyane Wade’s last game, which he was unable to do.
The shocking announcement came before the Lakers’ last game of the season. The Lakers face the Portland Trailblazers. If the Lakers beat the Blazers, they will finish their season with a record of 38-44.
The expectations for the Lakers was higher than in previous seasons. The Lakers signed LeBron James in the offseason. Johnson played a role in bringing in James. The Lakers looked like a playoff-bound team but they did not reach their expectations. Now, they will prepare for what could be a busy offseason.
Johnson’s departure is a step in a different direction. He was unhappy in the role and it showed. Johnson’ stepping down is a win-win for both the Lakers and a Laker legend. Now, it is up to the Lakers to make the best decision for their future.
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