Magic Johnson's Lakers Exit Was Embarrassing

NBA Rumors: Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

"(Jeanie Buss) and I have such an fantastic relationship", Johnson said. They had earned her trust by landing LeBron in the first place last summer, and maybe that chasm that existed between Walton and the men who controlled the roster was too big to bridge.

"Let me tell you what's going on here: Magic Johnson feels betrayed".

"We had a tough meeting". However, he admitted that he made the decision alone, with Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka left in the dark.

"Her and I have such an incredible relationship and I think that she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do".

"I was happier when I wasn't president [of the Lakers]", Johnson said.

The Lakers lost to Portland 104-101 to finish the season 37-45, missing the National Basketball Association playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, despite signing perennial all-star forward LeBron James in the offseason.

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"We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, Cookie, Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps", the Lakers said in the release. "I know she's going to be sick, but I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday".

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. "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".

What went wrong for Lakers and LeBron? "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family". "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job". "I found out the same time as you guys", said the coach at a press conference after the team's Tuesday night game. "As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization".

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

But not everyone thought Johnson was good for the Lakers.

However, the Lakers' revival stalled this season when James was injured, triggering a slump which saw the team fall from playoff contention. "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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