Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

"I'm going to be around whenever she needs me", Johnson said.

Johnson admitted he was considering firing Walton, even though the head coach has still two years left on his contract. They had earned her trust by landing LeBron in the first place last summer, and maybe that chasm that existed between Walton and the men who controlled the roster was too big to bridge.

"I'm a free bird and I can't be handcuffed", he said.

"We had a tough meeting".

The Atlantic's Bill Oram was there when Johnson made his comments during what was described as an "impromptu press conference". "If we get one of these [free agents], we're going to be really good.I'm good with where I am", Johnson said. Fitting, since nobody associated with the Lakers (except perhaps Alex Caruso) has been having much fun since the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention in late March following embarrassing losses to the Suns and Anthony Davis-less Pelicans.

Johnson's sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five National Basketball Association titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers. "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now".

The 59-year-old Lakers legend's decision followed a disappointing campaign which saw the once-mighty Los Angeles franchise fail to make the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.

"Me and her (Lakers owner Jeanie Buss) have an awesome relationship and she gave me full power for me to do what I wanted to do". I'm looking forward to it.

Clearly blindsided by Johnson's announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job". I was thinking about all those times, all the guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can't even do that. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive.

James, who joined the LA team in July of previous year, didn't respond to Johnson's resignation on Tuesday.

"My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss". "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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