Basketball world reacts to Magic Johnson’s resignation

Basketball world reacts to Magic Johnson’s resignation

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James stands in front of head coach Luke Walton during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles.

In a press conference, Johnson told reporters he was exhausted of the "backstabbing" that came with the job, and was annoyed by tampering rules that made it hard for him to communicate with players from other teams. I did not say he's coming to L.A., I did not say that.

For a guy like Johnson who wants to help younger guys in the league, he wants to go back to doing those things and he feels like stepping down now will do that. I'm like, 'Damn I have a great life outside of this. "Magic didn't even put in his two weeks notice with the Lakers" owner, and Twitter users are now laughing at how Magic suddenly peaced out from his high-profile job, which he had held since February of 2017.

"I think that with [Jeanie] and I, I want to always preserve my relationship with her", Johnson said.

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Smith said that he has no idea and can not believe why Johnson quit as Lakers president. He was general manager when I was there.

The 16-time National Basketball Association champion Lakers had never missed the National Basketball Association playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.

Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. The team quickly released a statement on Tuesday night during LA's last home game against the Portland Trail Blazers, and shortly after that Buss sent out a tweet, quoting the press release and offering her own statement of support for Johnson and his work with the team.

Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the Lakers, who haven't made the postseason since 2013. The decision on whether or not to retain Walton would've been Magic's to make, but with him gone everything is now in question.

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