Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers' president

Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers' president

Magic Johnson resigns as Lakers' president

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"There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson", the team said.

Magic Johnson stunned the basketball world Tuesday night by announcing he is stepping down as the team's president of basketball operations before the season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.

"I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador to everybody", he said. "So today I'm going to step down as president", Johnson said.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here because I know I would be crying like a baby in front of her, even though I'm about to cry now", Johnson said. "But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine".

Immediately after taking the job, Johnson stated his plan to land at least two free-agent superstars to return the Lakers to immediate title contention. If I had to stay, I had to get better.

A report earlier on Tuesday noted that Johnson had not been in contact with embattled Lakers head coach Luke Walton recently.

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Buss has been a strong proponent of Walton but previously said she planned to let Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka decide his future, according to ESPN.

Johnson, who said he had grown exhausted of the "the back-stabbing and the whispering" this season, also suggested he did not want to have to make a decision over the future of coach Luke Walton.

Asked if he had spoken to Buss over how Johnson's exit may affect his role, the 39-year-old replied: "No, I found out when you guys did and it was 80 minutes before a game". "This is a good day".

"Nobody. thought that the Lakers wouldn't make the playoffs when LeBron James came here, even with the injury", said Parker.

In the end, it was all the theater of the Lakers' disappointing season bundled into a moment only a Laker - THE Laker - could produce.

In speaking to reporters, Johnson said he was exhausted of the many things plaguing the team ranging from injuries, to internal politics to even betrayals. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family". But it's been six straight years since their last win, and three years since they made the playoffs. "I can't help young men who want me to help them", he said.

Walton told reporters he didn't know Johnson was planning to quit.

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