Magic Johnson Resigns as President of Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson Resigns as President of Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson Resigns as President of Los Angeles Lakers

Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic also was widely thought to agree with Walton's detractors who aren't impressed by the former Lakers forward's offensive game planning and rotations.

"If I'm going to step down from the Lakers, this is the best time", Johnson said. "I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job".

Johnson's decision threw the franchise for a loop and seemingly put a temporary hold on any decision pertaining to Walton.

"I want to go back to having fun", Johnson said.

The Lakers entered the season with high expectations after they signed star LeBron James to a four-year, $153.3 million contract in July.

"I was happier when I wasn't the president", said Johnson, who mentioned he had not informed owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. "Those are things that I don't have the time to worry about". We had, what, a three-hour meeting about the direction of this great organization. Combining that with the uncertainty in the front office could mean that the Lakers miss out again.

When asked by Nichols if he was preparing to let Walton go, Johnson said, "Yeah, I was preparing to make that decision". The Lakers failed to make the playoffs in their first season with LeBron James. Both the Clippers and Lakers are in position to add a superstar (or two) this summer with notable players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler all available. They continue to be linked to Davis, who is represented by agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, a longtime friend of James.

Walton told reporters in his pregame news conference that he was not anxious about his future. Johnson said he did not tell James about his decision to leave before making his announcement, either.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.

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