Magic Explains Why He Didn't Tell Lakers Owner of His Resignation
Apr 12 2019
"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.
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", saidLonzo Ball, who was Johnson's first draft pick at No. 2 overall in 2017.