Magic Johnson Resigns as President of Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson made a shocking announcement Tuesday that he is stepping down as the Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, ending a disappointing two-year tenure in the top job. But Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss' affinity for Walton and Johnson's desire not to cause upheaval between them.

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss - who, according to Johnson, had no idea he was planning to step down - also sent out a message on Twitter in the aftermath.

"It's hard when you love an organization like I love this organization", Johnson said as he started to cry.

Johnson didn't give much of an endorsement on Tuesday night when asked about the job status of head coach Luke Walton or general manager Rob Pelinka, somebody who he admittedly didn't know before working with him. Johnson was publicly frustrated during talks with New Orleans, even going as far as to tell reporters that he felt the Pelicans didn't act in good faith. The Lakers have not made the playoffs since 2013.

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I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed.

"I'm happy about the direction, and if the young guys mature the way we feel they can mature, I think that this team will be outstanding". Johnson won five titles with the Lakers in the 1980s before retiring abruptly in 1991 by announcing that he had contracted HIV. Outside of signing LeBron James, the Lakers had difficulty bringing in big name players. Magic Johnson was supposed to make the Lakers fun again. Johnson did not inform Pelinka or Buss about his decision to resign.

But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year National Basketball Association career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.

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