Magic Johnson stunned the basketball world on Tuesday, April 9 (Wednesday, April 10, Manila time) abruptly resigning from his management role with the Los Angeles Lakers and plunging the ailing NBA franchise into fresh turmoil.
"Serena Williams called me a week ago and said will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?"
"I think that with [team owner Jeanie Buss] and I, I want to always preserve our relationship with her", Johnson said.
Walton's job security is in jeopardy after the Lakers (37-45) missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season despite the offseason signing of James to a four-year, $154 million deal.
The news came as a surprise, including to Jeanie Buss, controlling owner and president of the Lakers, reports CBSLA Sports Director Jim Hill.
"I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed", Johnson said. "I've got a great life. what am I doing?" What am I doing?' So, I'm going to go back to that attractive life. Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss.
He also said he was exhausted of "the backstabbing and the whispering" associated with his leadership position. That's not who I am.
The Lakers. meanwhile, paid tribute to Johnson in a brief statement. "That's not fun for me, that's not who I am".
Johnson, who won five titles as a player with the team, was appointed president in March 2017. He talked about the challenge of having to trade players that he likes. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers' general manager, saying the decision rested exclusively with Buss, whom he repeatedly called "my sister". "I know she's going to be sick, but I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday".
Johnson said he's had enough of the tampering charges. "Trust me. ... It's going to be hard for her to come and hear this right now".