Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson declared he wants to go back to his "beautiful life" in his sudden announcement to resign as the Los Angeles Lakers' president on April 9.

"Magic Johnson obviously wanted to fire Luke Walton".

Johnson and the Lakers have received several tampering fines from the National Basketball Association for commenting on various players around the league.

The Lakers finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 37-45 record, keeping them out of the playoffs for a sixth year in a row.

Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka during his tenure as Lakers president, but it took an adjustment period for the two to get to know each other.


Regardless of how incompetent he was or wasn't, Johnson leaving the team in the manner he did is a bad look for the franchise and isn't going to help James recruit top free agents to join him in L.A, this summer. He said part of the reason he made the decision was to maintain his relationship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

"Do I think Rob is the right GM?" And at the trade deadline, Los Angeles was willing to trade basically all of its young assets to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

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.

Smith said Pelinka and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss both reached out to him and denied that Johnson wanted Pelinka gone, but he said that is what he and several other National Basketball Association reporters have been told.

Magic Johnson had the media at full attention on Tuesday night. Some of Johnson's other moves have worked out much better, including the Lakers' drafting of Lonzo Ball, the acquisition of Kyle Kuzma and the bargain signing of center JaVale McGee.

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