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Basketball world reacts to Magic Johnsons stunning

  • Aug 29
    Magic Johnson is no longer the Lakers president of basketball operations.Johnson shockingly stepped down from his position Tuesday before the teams final game of the season at an impromptu pre s conference.I opened noting how so many of the Lakers' i sues have zero to do with Luke Walton, so whether they fire him or not, they can't expect change until they face their deeper truths. Then reported Magic hasn't spoken to Luke in weeks, and everyone went nuts: Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) Johnson said part of the reason he made the decision was to maintain his relationship with Lakers owner Jeanie Bu s.I think that with Jeanie and I, I want to always preserve my relationship with her, Johnson said.And I think I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and amba Laurent Brossoit Jersey sador.Johnson also said he mi sed being available to players who wanted him as a mentor.I couldnt do that as the Lakers president , Johnson told reporters. I have more fun on the other side than on this side. I want to go back to having fun. I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job."Johnson took over in the Lakers front office in February 2017. Jari Kurri Jersey Los Angeles has mi sed the playoffs for six straight seasons.Heres how social media reacted to Johnsons announcement:"I respect his decision, but the game & the busine s must go on."-Shaq reacts to Magic Johnson stepping down as Lakers' President of Basketball Operations. NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) Sounds like that Ben Simmons one -on-one tutoring se sion with Magic Johnson will happen this summer after all Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) Magic Johnson put unnece sary pre sure on the Lakers organization with public promises to add stars, got caught tampering, undermined the coaching staff all season long, and now destabilized the team with a surprising public resignation. The Lakers are better off without him. Kevin O Adam Larsson Jersey 'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) let me get this straight, magic was so desperate to publicly congratulate dwyane wade ... that he completely stole the spotlight from him and dirk James Herbert (@outsidethenba) Johnsons comments and actions will only continue the narrative that ex-players have been coddled and spoiled, and lack the work ethic or grit needed to be a succe sful scout, director or GM.. Its unfortunate Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) I stood next to Kobe Bryant when he cried at his locker after the torn Achilles. I just stood next to Magic Johnson as he cried after stepping down as Lakers president. Today was more shocking. This is more than a job, obviously, for everyone involved. The Lakers are reality TV. Dave McMenamin (@mcten) End of the day, Magic Johnson claims he has too much love for Jeanie Bu s to hurt someone she loves in Luke Walton. A high-stakes basketball version of the Gift of the Magi. Stunning. Dave McMenamin (@mcten) Not sure what Magic thought he was signing up for. He's used to winning and being the good guy but sometimes being an exec means taking the lo s or being the bad guy - striking out on Ben Scrivens Jersey free agents, firing people, making tough decisions. Clear he didn't have the stomach for it. Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) He's still going? I should have gotten on a plane to LA an hour ago, maybe I could have made it in time for the end Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) Let me get a ball signed by Magic before he dip! He still here? Let me get a ball signed by Magic, Evan Turner shouted in the players tunnel upon hearing the news that Magic was stepping down. Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) Weirdest NBA stories of the season, updated.1. Magic Quits pre s conference2. Draymond-KD Spat3. AD throws away a year of his prime4. Carmelo doesnt make it to 20195. Butler vs. Minnesota6. Bulls create a Leadership Committee7. Anything James Dolan did Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) Lakers coaching staff fully expected to be fired in hours after the final game of the season. They had believed they were gone for months. Now? Magic quits in public, saying he's too scared to tell Jeanie Bu s face-to-face. What an embarra sing episode for a historic franchise. Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn Nail Yakupov Jersey )