Los Angeles- Magic Johnson decided to add more drama to the Lakers’ offseason, as he abruptly stepped down as President of Basketball Operations Tuesday night.
“It’s a difficult decision,” Johnson said. “I cried before I came here; I’m about to cry now. But, it’s hard when you love an organization as much as I love this organization. It’s hard when you love a person like I love Jeanie. And I don’t want to disappoint her. I don’t want — we love Luke. So I’ve got to make a decision and that’s a tough thing.”
Johnson murmured a statement about wanted to be included with talking with players and not be judged that he was tampering. He also stated that he did not want to fire Luke Walton if push came to shove and decided that it was best that he stepped down.
Lakers’ owner Jeanie Buss was shocked that Johnson decided to abort the mission and found out through social media. The Lakers’ organization released a statement regarding Johnson’s actions. “There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise – as a player, an ambassador, and an executive.”
“We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, Cookie, Andre, EJ, and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future.”
With the Lakers’ season in turmoil, as well as the chemistry with LeBron James and his teammates, the Lakers will have a long offseason to figure out what is the best direction to get the organization back on track.