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"I want to go back to having fun"

4-23-2019

Luc Greene, Contributing Writer

President of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson announced his resignation on April 10th.

This shocked everyone but Magic himself, he’s been quoted saying “They talking about next year… and I’m over here saying I’m not gonna be here.” Johnson had just finished his second year as the team’s president of basketball operations for the Lakers. This year the Lakers went through some controversy before the All-Star break. Right before the trade deadline the Lakers were in pursuit of New Orleans Pelicans Power Forward Anthony Davis, Johnson was willing to give up the entire young core to get Davis, but the Pelicans refused and leaked the offer. This caused a disturbance in the locker room between the youth and Lebron, and Magic along with the rest of the front office.

Then, after All-Star break, key players Lebron and Lonzo Ball got injured and this helped derail the Lakers season. They were originally on pace to win 48 games but ended up finishing the season with a disappointing 37-45 record. As the president of basketball operations, Johnson has been under a lot of pressure to build a championship team; he also has faced numerous accusations of tampering. As an ambassador to players before his job as the president of basketball operations, Johnson loved being able to help the young players and be able to talk with them without having constricting boundaries. Earlier this year, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons reached out to Johnson looking for advice, but this led to the league having to investigate, even though there was no proof of tampering. There also was a situation with Paul George last year when it came to tampering. This instance led to the Lakers getting fined $500,000.

Johnson being one of the most charismatic people the league has ever seen and one of the most influential players in NBA history, makes it very hard for him to do this job. He said in his news conference “ I want to go back (to) having fun. I wanna go back being who I was before taking on this job."

It's been nearly two weeks since Magic Johnson's abrupt resignation from the Lakers and the former president of basketball operations is feeling fine about his decision.

In an interview with TMZ, Johnson explains how he wouldn't change how he went about leaving his role with the Lakers and adds that he is still helping the team, even now after resigning from a front office position.

"It's almost like I never left," Johnson says in the video. "I'm still talking to them every day. ... I'm going to help them get the Lakers back right."

Johnson also shot down any talk of LeBron James being a factor in his decision to step down.

"I love LeBron and LeBron is going to lead us to a championship," Johnson says.

Johnson being one of the most charismatic people the league has ever seen and one of the most influential players in NBA history, makes it very hard for him to do his job. He said in his news conference "I want to go back [to] having fun. I wanna go back to being who I was before taking on this job."