Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Magic Johnson steps down as LA Lakers president of basketball operations

Magic Johnson steps down as LA Lakers president of basketball operations

"And I think I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador". Being president of basketball operations comes with restrictions, and the rule against tampering meant Magic couldn't even congratulate Russell Westbrook on becoming the NBA's second 20-20-20 player.

"I'm good with where I am", Johnson said Tuesday as his time with the Lakers came to an end. Once Walton's most vocal advocate, Buss stopped short of recommending his return to Los Angeles following the Lakers' disappointing season. And then I've also been thinking about the great meetings I've been having with Jeanie the last couple of days. Johnson, 34, denied that his wife was unhappy about his coaching, although the job takes away time he previously had spent with her and their young son. The Buss children's father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers' front office, and Jeanie put Magic in charge of shaking up her storied franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline. I did not say he's coming to L.A. He signed LeBron James in free agency, but he was unable to surround him with other stars. If not, joining James in Los Angeles sure would turn some heads across the National Basketball Association, as the All-Star point guard previously demanded a trade from the Cavaliers just to escape James' shadow and become the face of a franchise. LeBron James' public support for Griffin after his contract wasn't renewed in 2017 only adds to the reasons folks believe he should lead the Lakers.

Buss didn't attend the Lakers' season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.

"Her and I have such an incredible relationship", Johnson said of Buss, the daughter of the late longtime Lakers owner Dr.

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The Lakers, have won 16 National Basketball Association championships, second only to the archrival Boston Celtics, but have not made the playoffs since 2013. James played just 55 games during his first season in L.A. because of a long-term groin injury, and he was shut down in late March to avoid re-aggravation.

"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said. Johnson won five titles with the Lakers in the 1980s before retiring abruptly in 1991 by announcing that he had contracted HIV.

Killa Cam went to Instagram last night with a hilarious clip of ESPN analyst and personality Stephen A. Smith's initial thoughts on Johnson's shocking decision. I think that, um, she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do.

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