Jeanie Buss Has Message For Magic Johnson After He Resigned

NBA Rumors: Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

NBA Rumors: Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

Johnson didn't directly tie his decision to the future of coach Luke Walton, who was widely expected to be fired by Johnson soon. "Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightfully expect", referring to her late father, under whom the Lakers won 10 National Basketball Association championships, including five with Johnson as the point guard of the teams known as the Showtime Lakers.

"(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said.

"I hope that after (the season ends), the Lakers can head in the right direction, which we are".

"Today, I'm gonna step down as the president", Johnson told reporters at an impromptu press conference.

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

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Johnson said, "I was like, 'I have a great life outside of this". While the Lakers were able to land the signature of LeBron James in free agency the following summer, the 2018-19 season fell flat as the Lakers missed the playoffs for the sixth-straight year.

In a dramatic announcement which came shortly before the Lakers' final game of the season, an emotional Johnson said he was stepping down after a two-year reign as president of basketball operations with the 16-time NBA champions.

"I knew I couldn't be face-to-face and tell her", he said of Jeanie Buss, saying he loved her like a sister.

The Lakers were arguably the biggest disappointment of the season, finishing 37-45 and only marginally improving from the 35-47 record of a year ago. What am I doing?' So, I'm going to go back to that handsome life. "I'm happy. I want to do the things I used to do". We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive. 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, I was thinking about all of those times, all the guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives and I can't even do that. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family".

The Lakers. meanwhile, paid tribute to Johnson in a brief statement. "But she's going to be fine, and I'm going to be fine".

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