Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President

Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President

I want to go back to being a businessman and helping the black community and the Latino community. Magic claimed he didn't finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. Outside of signing LeBron James, the Lakers had difficulty bringing in big name players.

Magic Johnson had the media at full attention on Tuesday night. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so.

With the regular season coming to a close, the Los Angeles Lakers front office will be undergoing some changes. He later told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he didn't tell Buss first because he was afraid she would have talked him out of it.

Johnson, who announced he was HIV positive in 1991, said that his health is "wonderful" and was not a factor in his decision.

Johnson made several personnel moves to clear salary cap space for his ultimate goal, notably trading guard D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn largely to rid the Lakers of Timofey Mozgov's onerous contract in 2017.




The Lakers, have won 16 National Basketball Association championships, second only to the archrival Boston Celtics, but have not made the playoffs since 2013.

However, there were some other issues which were frustrating Johnson.

Nothing has gone according to plan for the Lakers this season. As it turns out, LeBron James wasn't told, either. Meanwhile, the Lakers haven't tangibly improved under his leadership, as they missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

League rules prevent Johnson from publicly commenting on opposing players or pending free agents. There's a gentleman across the hall who is a born Laker.

Walton told reporters in his pregame news conference that he was not anxious about his future. "I knew if I stayed in the role, I'd be giving up a lot of me".

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