Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers president

May JohnsonApr 11, 2019

His boss is Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who hired Johnson just over two years ago after she dismissed her brother Jim, who was vice president of basketball operations, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak in an effort to change things up after multiple losing seasons.

Buss responded on Twitter by saying she "loved" working with Johnson, while the Lakers released a statement to thank the number one overall pick of the 1979 draft.

"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", added Johnson. He met with Buss on Monday and held a three-hour meeting with her about the direction of the organization, he said.

The Atlantic's Bill Oram was there when Johnson made his comments during what was described as an "impromptu press conference".

Johnson said he had already made up his mind to step down from the post, but kept the news to himself until he spoke to reporters Tuesday night.

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The former Lakers point guard had been serving as Los Angeles' president of basketball operations, but he had enough. "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now".

The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season. "She gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I want to always preserve our relationship". We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive. "I found out the same time as you guys", said the coach at a press conference after the team's Tuesday night game. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family". "So I'm gonna go back to that handsome life".

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

Johnson's decision to leave his role sent shockwaves throughout the franchise and the National Basketball Association as a world, particularly as the Lakers face a potentially future-defining summer. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his ultimate destiny.

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