Magic Johnson ‘Happy’ After Shocking Lakers Departure, Says Wife Cookie

Magic Johnson's complete interview about stepping down from Lakers

Magic Johnson has been Lakers president of basketball operations since February 2017

The megastar's first season in Los Angeles has been a mixed bag, after injury kept him out of 18 games - including 17 straight - before eventually ending his campaign prematurely. LeBron spent Day 1 of his rare playoff-less offseason partying in LA with teammates in celebration of Lonzo Ball launching his new app.

Thompson views Myers as a fit for the Lakers because of his ability to manage talent and drama. If I'm at the Lakers games - and I've been to a few - you've got directors and producers in my ear asking if he came here for basketball.

Magic Johnson has "no regrets" about leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, according to his wife Cookie Johnson. He didn't exactly offer a ringing endorsement for Pelinka, while saying in reference to Walton, "I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life". James was eventually shut down in late March.

The Lakers quickly released a statement shortly after Johnson's resignation, stating that the team "will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization".

Having played a career-low 55 regular season games, his term was ended at the end of March, his final game coming against the Charlotte Hornets on March 29. "Hopefully just a few more weeks and then I can go out there".

On Tuesday, Johnson, 59, abruptly stepped down as the Lakers' president of basketball operations.

When Johnson resigned yesterday, he said, "I like to be free". This comes two years after Magic took the position, and he told the press that he made his decision because he "had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody". I've got a lovely life. "This is what he wants to do, and I'm behind him 100 percent". He shot 40.6 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from 3-point range.

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