"If I'm going to step down from the Lakers, this is the best time", Johnson said. "I had more fun on the other side". He said he was exhausted of not being able to talk to players on other teams and mentor them without the specter of tampering.
Since taking over as president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson never fully committed to the job. Once Walton's most vocal advocate, Buss stopped short of recommending his return to Los Angeles following the Lakers' disappointing season.
"(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said.
For a guy like Johnson who wants to help younger guys in the league, he wants to go back to doing those things and he feels like stepping down now will do that. "That's not who I am.' And then I don't want to put [Buss] in the middle of us, you know, even though she said, 'Hey, do what you want to do.' I know she has great love for him and great love for me". Now they say he had some bad, I don't know about that. A year and a half later, he had landed his top free agent, LeBron James, and promised to bring in many more stars. As it turns out, LeBron James wasn't told, either.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are expected to part ways with their coaching staff shortly after the final game of the season.
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She is an outspoken critic of the USA policies toward Israel and has been in controversies several times since coming to Congress. He touted his decision to withdraw from the "disastrous" Iran nuclear deal, telling the crowd, "They wanted to kill Israel".
"Her and I have such an awesome relationship", Johnson said of Buss, the daughter of the late longtime Lakers owner Dr. They haven't made the playoffs since 2013. "The Lakers will have an opportunity to get Kyrie Irving to come to L.A".
Magic Johnson is free to tweet as he may, but the remaining members of Lakers brass have gone silent.
The press conference by Johnson lasted well over 40 minutes.
With Magic not really giving General Manager Rob Pelinka a vote of confidence, it remains to be seen if the Lakers will be able to attract a superstar this offseason.
Johnson said he had not informed Buss or Pelinka of his decision before talking to reporters.