Magic Johnson Abruptly Steps Down As Lakers President of Basketball of Operations

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Magic Johnson's run as President of Basketball Operations of the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end, stepping down from his position today.

Magic Johnson reacts as he speaks to the press resigning as Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on April 9 in Los Angeles, California. "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador". If Johnson's 45-minute press conference is any indication, things are only going to get more ridiculous in LakerLand this summer.

He joined the team in 2017, and though the Lakers didn't make the playoffs this season, they did sign LeBron James.

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

"Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss", Johnson said.

"Tomorrow I would have to affect someone's livelihood and their life", he said, without referring to Walton directly. "So I'm gonna go back to that handsome life".

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The Lakers issued a statement following Johnson's resignation on Tuesday, thanking Johnson for "all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive". I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can't even do that.

"What I didn't like is the backstabbing and the whispering", Johnson said.

His desire to interact with the players in a way where he could express his opinions was also a key factor in his decision.

Johnson's abrupt departure shocked long-time Lakers observers.

Johnson who is a prolific businessman, said he " happier when I wasn't president [of the Lakers]", Johnson said. "I know she's going to be sick, but I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday". "I couldn't stand to tell her".

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