Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

Magic Johnson Resigns From Lakers After Disastrous Season

Magic Johnson announced his resignation as Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Tuesday night at an impromptu news conference before the team's regular-season finale.

The 2018-19 National Basketball Association season is winding down for the Los Angeles Lakers as just one final game against the Portland Trail Blazers remains for this team.

Johnson had been saddled with the task of reviving the Lakers and played a pivotal role in persuading LeBron James to join the team past year in a blockbuster move.

"I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador to everybody", Johnson said.

"Serena Williams called me a week ago and said will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?" "And Rondo, I'm not going to play him Tuesday night either unless we're in foul trouble, ejections, those type of things", Walton said following the win over the Jazz.

Walton's job security is in jeopardy after the Lakers (37-45) missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season despite the offseason signing of James to a four-year, $154 million deal.

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He told reporters he was stepping down in order to preserve his friendship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, describing her as "like a sister".

Johnson, 59, said he thought to himself, "What am I doing? I've got a handsome life", said Johnson, laughing. I'm looking forward to it. I don't know where they go from here. "That's not fun for me, that's not who I am".

Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach.

"I didn't like that", he said. "I can't help young men who want me to help them", he said.

Johnson repeatedly cited the need for freedom of interaction and expression with other players as a key reason behind his decision.

Johnson who is a prolific businessman, said he " happier when I wasn't president [of the Lakers]", Johnson said. "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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