This sudden move of Magic Johnson, LA Lakers president of basketball operations left all of us in shock.
Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson announced Tuesday. The announcement was that he was resigning as Lakers president of basketball operations. This following a disappointing season for the storied franchise.
However, Johnson, announced when he was stepping down at an impromptu news conference. This was about 90 minutes prior to the Lakers’ regular-season finale. The finale was against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Moreover, Johnson told reporters before fighting off tears, “I want to go back to having fun”. He further added, “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming last summer. I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position. The position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”
Further, he added to his announcement, “I was happier when I wasn’t the president.”. He replaced Jim Buss in the job in February of 2017. He added that he had not yet told Lakers president and controlling owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. But he told reporters “I love her as a sister.”
Moreover, he said on his relationship with Jeanie Buss, “Her and I have such an amazing relationship.” Jeanie Buss is the daughter of the late longtime Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss. He further added, “She gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I always want to preserve our relationship … I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and an ambassador to everybody.”
However, on asking about the reason, he said, “What I didn’t like is the backstabbing and the whispering”. He further said, “I didn’t like that. I didn’t like a lot of things that went on that didn’t have to go on.” It was not clear to which incidents Johnson was referring.
Johnson also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA. This all for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter. Or he even speaks to another organization’s player.