Magic Johnson Throws Rob Pelinka Under The Bus During Lakers Exit

Magic Johnson Throws Rob Pelinka Under The Bus During Lakers Exit

"I know she's gonna be sick but I know I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday".

Magic Johnson isn't having fun anymore.

That shouldn't be hard, considering he abruptly resigned from his Los Angeles Lakers job Tuesday night, and found time to still flash his trademark smile, despite the position he's leaving the franchise in and even though he hadn't even informed the owner of his decision first. "I was happier when I wasn't the president".

After retiring and launching several business ventures, he re-joined the team in February 2017, when general manager Mitch Kupchak was sacked and Jim Buss was ousted as executive vice president of basketball operations. He met with Buss on Monday and held a three-hour meeting with her about the direction of the organization, he said.

Reporters and basketball fans weren't the only ones to find out about his resignation late in the game. But this is the Magic Johnson that in 1991 sat before the media he had to tell the world that he was HIV-positive.

Johnson said he had not warned president Jeanie Buss of his decision to bring his two-year reign to an end.

"My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss". "I couldn't stand to tell her". "I am about to cry now".

When his boss inevitably heard the news, the Lakers issued a statement thanking Johnson for his time with the team. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family".

Johnson, who won five titles as a player with the team, was appointed president in March 2017.

Johnson didn't give any specific reasons for his decision to quit. For years, the blueprint for success on LeBron-led teams was to surround him with shooters. We're halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer).

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The Lakers have failed reach the play-offs for a sixth successive season.

They used to be an all-star team with 16 National Basketball Association championship wins.

The Lakers are finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22.

Johnson didn't directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson.

"Let me tell you what's going on here: Magic Johnson feels betrayed". "We have different opinions about different things - that's OK". When Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation but I didn't do anything wrong, I was thinking about all of those times, all the guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives and I can't even do that.

However, Johnson did suggest vaguely that his departure had to do with an upcoming confrontation.

"I got a attractive life". And that's not fun for me.

Johnson has been investigated by the National Basketball Association for tampering four times, including for his response to a mentoring request from Simmons in February. "I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job". "So today, Rachel, I'm free".

"What am I doing?"

"There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson", the team said.

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