Magic Johnson shockingly steps down as Lakers president

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

"There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson", it said.

Johnson, 59, announced he was stepping down at an impromptu news conference about 90 minutes prior to the Lakers' regular-season finale against the Portland Trail Blazers. "Her and I have such an unbelievable relationship and I think that she gave full power to do what I wanted to do ..." I want to go back to being a businessman and helping the black community and the Latino community.

"I was thinking about all those times, all the guys who want me to be a mentor, be a part of their lives and I can't even do that", Johnson said.

"I don't know what he's going to do, but during his free-agent tour, I'm told he going to give the Lakers an interview".

According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers.

Being president of basketball operations comes with restrictions, and the rule against tampering meant Magic couldn't even congratulate Russell Westbrook on becoming the NBA's second 20-20-20 player.

"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said.

"I'm a free bird, and I can't be handcuffed", he said. I don't want - we love Luke.

Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago.

The Lakers face a make or break offseason, as they search for a second star to pair with James in their quest to vault back into the Western Conference's upper echelon.

"I hope someday I can quit a job that pays me millions 'because it wasn't fun anymore, '" one fan tweeted, while another joked, "magic johnson was the lakers president when this inning started". It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record.

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