Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations.
Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the former Spartan spoke to the media and announced that he would step down from his position as president of basketball operations for the Lakers.
Magic cited a desire to get back to the simpler life he enjoyed before taking over the franchise just over two years ago.
Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka before he stepped in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season.
The Lakers legend didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of coach Luke Walton, who was widely expected to be fired by Johnson soon. But Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between them.
Johnson also says he’s tired of being fined by the NBA for tampering.
With the regular season coming to a close, the Los Angeles Lakers front office will be undergoing some changes.
Johnson was hired on Feb. 21, 2017 to replace Jim Buss as the Lakers president of basketball operations.
One of the biggest successes during his tenure with the team was landing All-Star forward LeBron James in free agency last summer.