Magic Johnson abruptly steps down as LA Lakers president
Magic Johnson abruptly quit because the L . a . Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his prefer to go back to the better life he enjoyed for a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before you take handle of this tempestuous franchise just over two years ago.
Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it ahead of reporters about 90 minutes until the final bet on the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. California were 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs over again regardless of the offseason inclusion of Lebron.
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“I wish to go back to wonderful time,” Johnson said before rebuffing tears. “I want to settle for being who I used to be prior to taking in this particular job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). There’s no doubt that come early july, your other star being released in, whoever will bring him in, There’s no doubt that this team is basically going to be constantly in place to contend to get a championship using the progress of the young players.”
Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the way forward for Luke Walton, even so the third-year coach was widely likely be fired by Johnson. Without the need for names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who had previously been constantly in place before Johnson got the work in February 2019, and Johnson’s desire to never cause upheaval involving the owner and her chosen coach.