No More Magic: Johnson Abruptly Resigns From The LA Lakers

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"Today, I'm going to step down as the president", Johnson told a stunned crowd of reporters gathered outside the Lakers' locker room.

Johnson said he is not stepping down because of differences he's had with the team's coach of three years, Luke Walton.

Johnson, a Hall of Famer from his playing days with the Lakers, said he is resigning because he doesn't enjoy the job.

Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers, who haven't made the postseason since 2013. If that's what Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka wanted, then so be it.

"Her and I have such an unbelievable relationship and I think that she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do".

"There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson", it said. If missing out on the playoffs for a sixth straight year was hard to take, the fact the Lakers fell short during LeBron James' first season in Los Angeles made it even worse.

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A part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks, the five-time NBA champion with the Lakers has been the team's president of basketball operations since 2017. He expressed his affection for Buss, saying, "I knew I couldn't be face-to-face and tell her".

The Lakers ended their season with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, after being eliminated from the playoff race last month.

"Me and her (Lakers owner Jeanie Buss) have an wonderful relationship and she gave me full power for me to do what I wanted to do". I don't like a lot of things that went on that didn't have to go on. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive. 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. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family". I'm going back to that attractive life. "As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization".

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

Johnson's abrupt departure shocked long-time Lakers observers. "But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine".

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