Magic Explains Why He Didn't Tell Lakers Owner of His Resignation

Magic Johnson

"I couldn't have even tweeted it out to say, 'Hey, congratulations, man!' If I had done that then everyone would be like, 'Oh, he's tampering!'" He reportedly did not tell Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers' sixth consecutive losing season. Compounding all of this was the fact that Johnson, per reports, had meetings with both James and owner Jeanie Buss over the weekend and gave no sign that the thought was crossing his mind.

After his announcement, Johnson took to Twitter and thanked the franchise for giving him the opportunity. You work for me, I'm demanding. I'm going to go back to that handsome life.

"Today, I'm gonna step down as president", Johnson revealed.

Johnson pointed out that he was forced to sacrifice a lot in the title and was exhausted of being punished by the NBA for speaking to other teams' players or commenting on basketball matters on social media.

As the Lakers move toward the future with recently acquired team member Lebron James, Johnson said has no regrets about his time with the organization. I honestly didn't question it one bit.

"It did shock me, like it did the rest of the world, but this is what's best for him", said Lonzo Ball, who was Johnson's first draft pick at No. 2 overall in 2017.

Although Bryant has stated multiple times that he doesn't want to work in basketball operations, there is also the Lakers myth-making that cast him as the mastermind behind Jeanie Buss finally deciding to fire her brother Jim.

The Lakers finished the season 37-45 and went 35-47 last season, putting the job security of Walton, the third-year coach, in jeopardy.

The Lakers are clearly in a major state of dysfunction at the moment and have a ton of decisions to make moving forward.