Magic Johnson Stepped Down As Lakers President Of Basketball Operations

Ross Houston
April 10, 2019

Magic Johnson announced in an impromptu press conference Tuesday night that he will step down as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations.

LeBron James has defended Luke Walton's record amid ongoing speculation concerning the Los Angeles Lakers coach's future with the franchise. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss' affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson's desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach. The Lakers were fined a couple of times for tampering that stemmed from Johnson referencing pending free agents or discussing off-court interactions with players of opposing teams under contract. "I'm told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason".

"I want to be free and not have handcuffs on me", Johnson admitted. I've got a handsome life. "I have more fun on the other side than on this side".

The Lakers' young core reportedly lost trust in LeBron James following Anthony Davis trade talks. "Injuries really hurt us, but I enjoyed working with Jeanie".

Johnson took the job in February 2017, as general manager Mitch Kupchak was sacked and Jim Buss was removed as executive vice president of basketball operations.

Though there's been plenty of drama surrounding the Lakers this season, including a few in-depth reports just Tuesday that indicated just how off the rails things were.

Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant's former agent, didn't know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka.

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