Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers' president

After Dismal Season, Magic Johnson Steps Down As Lakers President

Prior to the conclusion of the 2018-19 NBA season, Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson shockingly resigned. A person familiar with Buss' thinking said Johnson's decision did not guarantee Walton's job was safe.

But despite Johnson's abrupt resignation, James stands behind Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and the organization, the source told Shelburne.

By bailing on the team now, Johnson avoids having to be the one to fire head coach Luke Walton and his staff, all of whom expected to be let go in the hours following L.A.'s final game. In the formal announcement, Johnson said, "ue to the nature of my schedule and other commitments, I don't feel confident that I can continue to devote the time needed to thrive in my role". You know, and so, when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look the bad guy out of that situation.

On ESPN's "First Take" Wednesday morning, Stephen A. Smith reported that Johnson wanted to fire Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka before he chose to step down. "I had more fun on the other side than on this side..." The team has not made the playoffs since 2013.

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Meanwhile, Johnson has no regrets about his time in charge of the Lakers.

Johnson scored the biggest free agent coup of this past offseason when superstar LeBron James signed with the Lakers as a free agent.

Johnson, who announced he was HIV positive in 1991, said that his health is "wonderful" and was not a factor in his decision. They opened with a 20-14 record, but James suffered a strained groin on December 25.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said. And at the trade deadline, Los Angeles was willing to trade basically all of its young assets to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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