Magic Johnson is no longer the Lakers president of basketball operations. The way he said it, however - a rambling, 45-minute impromptu press conference before the team's final game of the season - was flabbergasting. I want to go back to having fun.
Magic Johnson has stepped down from President of Basketball Ops of the Lakers. I would like to see him get that job.
Of course, Irving ultimately could stick to his word and stay with the Celtics, especially if Boston enjoys a deep playoff run this season in spite of the team's occasional drama.
"Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she's going to be sick", Johnson said. I'm like, 'Damn I have a great life outside of this. "I have more fun on the other side than on this side".
Few athletes can say they leverage their power and influence like LeBron James, but there have already been plenty of things going on within the Lakers during his short time with them that appear to be out of his control. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job".
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Thomas Tuchel's men were able to salvage a point after Thilo Kehrer added his name to the scoresheet in the second half. When everyone thought it was going to be 2-1, Choupo-Moting thought of stopping the ball on the goalline.
Johnson took the job in February 2017, as general manager Mitch Kupchak was sacked and Jim Buss was removed as executive vice president of basketball operations. "Injuries really hurt us, but I enjoyed working with Jeanie".
It's a stunning turn of events as the Lakers attempt to right the ship.
Despite not telling Buss ahead of time, Johnson said he had no hard feelings for the team's owner and would have struggled to share the news with her.
The Los Angeles Lakers made free agency's biggest splash this offseason, signing the league's best player, LeBron James, away from his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. Johnson's decision to step down likely means the Lakers won't make a decision on Walton's future until a new front office is in place.