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Basketball world reacts to Magic Johnson’s resignation

Basketball world reacts to Magic Johnson’s resignation

As far as we know, that did not happen, and James seemingly made an easy transition from Cleveland to Los Angeles without a series of pitches from the teams Smith had mentioned.

"I think that with [Jeanie] and I, I want to always preserve my relationship with her", Johnson said. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking this job".

It's with all this in mind that we should consider the latest odds from Bovada on who will run the Lakers, with Griffin as the betting favorite at +175.

He added, "I got a great life. I had more fun on the other side".

Magic Johnson reacts after being introduced at halftime during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Magic claimed he didn't finalize his decision until Tuesday morning. "But I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face and tell her".

Nothing has gone according to plan for the Lakers this season.

The other overarching takeaway from the impromptu press conference, though, was that Magic was not comfortable being the in-between for Jeanie Buss and Luke Walton and was even less comfortable with the impending firing of Walton. "I cried before I came here", said Johnson.

Magic has spent thepast two years with an executive position with the iconic franchise. And he returned in early 2017 as president of basketball operations.

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Johnson's desire for his old life wasn't the only reason for his departure.

Johnson pointed out that he was forced to sacrifice a lot in the title and was exhausted of being punished by the NBA for speaking to other teams' players or commenting on basketball matters on social media.

Williams has yet to comment on if Johnson will join her camp.

"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said. "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador".

Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.

Johnson attributed his decision to several factors.

Magic's move will impact not only the Lakers, but a lot of the league. Johnson won five titles with the Lakers in the 1980s before retiring abruptly in 1991 by announcing that he had contracted HIV. They opened with a 20-14 record, but James suffered a strained groin on December 25. The Lakers struggled this season and missed the playoffs, despite having LeBron James.

Walton told reporters in his pregame news conference that he was not anxious about his future. A person familiar with Buss' thinking said Johnson's decision did not guarantee Walton's job was safe. He was also asked if he believes Rob Pelinka is the right general manager for the franchise. "I couldn't stand to tell her". "She'll have to bring me back".