‘I didn’t like the backstabbing’: Magic Johnson abruptly quits LA Lakers

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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Johnson called an impromptu press conference Tuesday where he announced the news. During his conversation with reporters, he said, "Somebody's going to have to tell my boss because I knew I couldn't be face-to-face and tell her. ..." "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador".

Johnson also said he is exhausted of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization's player.

Magic Johnson's blustery tenure as president of the Los Angeles Lakers has ended with a bang. "What am I doing, you know I have a handsome life, so I'm gonna go back to that attractive life". "And I thought about it and I said, 'That's not fun for me".

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Regardless of how incompetent he was or wasn't, Johnson leaving the team in the manner he did is a bad look for the franchise and isn't going to help James recruit top free agents to join him in L.A, this summer. Many in the media are concerned that playing with LeBron James could be seen as a negative, given the constant spotlight surrounding him. LeBron James' public support for Griffin after his contract wasn't renewed in 2017 only adds to the reasons folks believe he should lead the Lakers.

The Lakers also dealt with injuries to key role players - including Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart - and they shut down James for the rest of 2018-19 in late March. The Lakers have not made the playoffs since 2013. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.

Magic Johnson is free to tweet as he may, but the remaining members of Lakers brass have gone silent. I was told Magic Johnson walked into there and talked with them about wanting to get rid of not just Luke Walton but Rob Pelinka as well. I think that, um, she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do.

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