Johnson was named the president of the Lakers in February 2017. I still have confidence that this organization is heading in the right direction and will be heading in the right direction, because they have all the pieces to do so. He didn't exactly offer a ringing endorsement for Pelinka, while saying in reference to Walton, "I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life". "I wanna go back to having fun, I wanna go back to who I was before taking on this job".
The Lakers also dealt with injuries to key role players, including Ball, who sprained his ankle in late January and never returned to the court.
Off the court there have been rumors that some elite National Basketball Association free agents don't want to come play with LeBron, either as a Laker or as a member of the cast of the movie 'Space Jam 2.' Giannis Antetokounmpo was one of those who said he would pass on being in the movie. Johnson said he did not tell James about his decision to leave before making his announcement, either. "It's what's best for him".
Added Chandler: "Everybody is entitled to do things at their own time and in their own way, especially somebody like Magic". To me it's business.
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The case is separate from another involving Nike that says Avenatti tried to extort $20 million from the sportswear giant. He also labeled any claims that he mishandled client money as " bogus nonsense ".
"I'm happy with what we did in two years".
The Lakers have won 16 National Basketball Association championships, second only to the archrival Boston Celtics, but have not made the playoffs since 2013.
Walton participated in exit meetings with players Wednesday, sources told Shelburne. He reportedly has one guaranteed year remaining on his contract with a team option for 2020-21.
"It was a dream come true for me", Ball said according to Sporting News.