Magic Johnson stepping down as Lakers president of basketball operations

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Since then, the Lakers have undergone multiple personnel experiments that have amounted to nothing, aside from landing LeBron James in Los Angeles last summer. Magic Johnson, 59, doesn't want to be president of the National Basketball Association team any longer, which he announced in an unexpected press conference on April 9. "I couldn't stand to tell her".

Johnson said he stepped down because the Lakers are moving in the right direction.

"I think that I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador to everybody", he continued. "She'll have to bring me back".

Say what you want about Magic Johnson, but he knows how to grab a room.

Magic Johnson surprised reporters Tuesday when he announced plans to step down as president of basketball operations for the Lakers.

Johnson said he wants to get back to the simpler life he enjoyed before taking over the Lakers just over two years ago.

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"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said.

"So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn't do anything wrong", he continued. As far as we know, that did not happen, and James seemingly made an easy transition from Cleveland to Los Angeles without a series of pitches from the teams Smith had mentioned. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so.

Clearly blindsided by Johnson's announcement, the Lakers also issued a team statement at halftime.

I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed. He signed LeBron James in free agency, but he was unable to surround him with other stars.

After retiring and launching several business ventures, he re-joined the team in February 2017, when general manager Mitch Kupchak was sacked and Jim Buss was ousted as executive vice president of basketball operations.

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