Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James stunned by Magic Johnson's 'weird' exit

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James stunned by Magic Johnson's 'weird' exit

In his first public comments about Johnson shocking the Los Angeles Lakers organization when he stepped down as president of basketball operations moments before the Lakers' season finale April 9, James said he was given no warning or heads-up on Johnson's decision. The episode aired on Saturday but was taped on April 11, two days after retired Lakers playing legend Johnson's sudden exit.

"My right hand comes to me and say, 'Magic just stepped down.' I'm like man, get the fuck out of my face, you bullshitting".

"No one had no idea", James said on "The Shop".

"I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was gonna make this Showtime again, and I wanted to be part of that process ... I'm out of here.' I would have been okay with that". We was like, 'Damn.

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"He explained to me Year One is going to be tough.But I was okay with the process". 'Hey Bron, it's Magic. "Kiss my ass. I'm gone.' Not even that", LeBron said on the show.

Johnson recruited LeBron to be part of the process of rebuilding the Lakers.

James passed the news on to Lonzo Ball and the news quickly spread across the Lakers' locker room.

Johnson, who played a role in recruiting James in free agency held an impromptu press conference prior to the Lakers' final regular season game against the Portland Trail Blazers, telling reporters that he had yet to inform team owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. I feel like there's a time and place for things, and I believe that you knew you were going to make that decision. They both talked in LeBron's mansion as soon as free agency officially began a year ago, and that led to the three-time champion committing long-term with the Purple and Gold. And yet, LeBron may have the former Lakers and Bulls coach to thank for helping carry Ty Lue's candidacy for head coach across the goal line.

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