Magic Johnson: Los Angeles Lakers legend resigns

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Magic held an impromptu press conference explaining why he was stepping down from the team, but really didn't provide anything remotely sensical into the actual reasons why, rambling about how he just wanted to get back to his "normal life" and his desire to have fun again.

Johnson, who returned to the Lakers in February 2017 to take over the team, has had a hard two years as the team's President of Basketball Operations and had not returned the Lakers to championship caliber for the team within that time, said he's simply in pursuit of happiness. "That's not who I am.' And then I don't want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, 'Hey, you can do what you want to do.' I know she has great love for him and great love for me". I had more fun on the other side than on this side.

"(Jeanie Buss) and I have such an incredible relationship", Johnson said.

"Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss", Johnson told reporters. He's not doing his job.

"What I didn't like is the backstabbing and the whispering", Johnson said.

With the playoffs not happening, head coach Luke Walton has begun giving more minutes to the team's younger players such as Alex Caruso, Jonathan Williams, and Jemerrio Jones as opposed to veterans such as Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler. "I've got a lovely life", said Johnson, laughing.

He said he's happy with where the team has gone during his two years. The team has to get better.

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.

This is all to say that if Magic wasn't having fun, he's at least partly to blame.

Johnson played a big role in convincing the four-time MVP to sign for the Lakers in July, but LeBron's first season in purple and gold saw expectations and reality travel two very different paths.

So what do the Lakers do now? Johnson's decision to step down likely means the Lakers won't make a decision on Walton's future until a new front office is in place. They might take another swing at trading for Davis, and will undoubtedly do their best to woo top-tier free agents like Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard to La La Land. Not Jeanie Buss, but folks within the Lakers' organization.

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