Magic Johnson quits Lakers job, tells media before his boss

Sherman Parsons
April 11, 2019

The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season. "I think that I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador to everybody".

Clearly blindsided by Johnson's announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.

While fans and the media criticized Johnson for what they call as an unprofessional way of resigning, Buss showed that she respects Magic's decision.

Johnson also says he's exhausted of being fined by the National Basketball Association for tampering.

"But it's the right thing to do, the right move to make". "I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job".

"There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson", the team said. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive.

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Johnson was widely expected to swing the axe on Lakers coach Luke Walton on Wednesday following their final game of the season at the Staples Center against Portland.

"Me and her (Lakers owner Jeanie Buss) have an unbelievable relationship and she gave me full power for me to do what I wanted to do".

"My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss", Oram quoted Johnson as saying.

With the way the Lakers' first season with LeBron James hobbled toward the finish line like a wounded gazelle, you nearly had to laugh as Johnson took center stage from Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki - both playing in the final home games of their career on Tuesday night - to abruptly resign from his post, unbeknownst to owner Jeanie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka, then spout off bewildering one-liners like, "I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed", and, "if we were not [moving in the right direction as a franchise], I'd probably be staying".

"Nobody. thought that the Lakers wouldn't make the playoffs when LeBron James came here, even with the injury", said Parker. However, he admitted that he made the decision alone, with Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka left in the dark. I think that 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 and love her.

James, who joined the LA team in July of previous year, didn't respond to Johnson's resignation on Tuesday. "But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine".

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