Magic Johnson steps down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson has stepped down on Tuesday night. During an impromptu press conference, Johnson announced he was leaving the post.

He said Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is like a sister to him.

“I think that with (Jeanie) and I, I want to always preserve our relationship with her,” Johnson said. “And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador.”

Los Angeles Dodgers owner and former Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson looks on during the eleventh inning at the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox
Magic Johnson looks on during the eleventh inning at the 2018 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox (Getty Images)

According to reports, he has not told Jeanie of his decision. But the news has potentially already leaked out to her.

“Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her. …. I can’t stand to tell her,” he said. “My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss.”

He insists that the situation earlier this year when Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons said he wanted to work out with Johnson in the off-season. The 76ers shut down that speculation almost immediately after hearing about it.

He claims that this situation made him look “like a bad guy.” He also insists that he would like to work with younger players around the league.

“Hopefully, I can go back to who I was before I took this job,” he said.

The 59-year-old East Lansing, Michigan native was named the Lakers President of Basketball Operations on Feb. 21, 2017. That’s when Buss fired her brother Jim to name Johnson to the role.

Outside of the Lakers, he is part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers with Guggenheim Partners and Stan Kasten. He also owns the Daytona Dragons, minor league team with Peter Guber.

With Guggenheim Partners, he also owns the Los Angeles Sparks. He also is co-owner of the Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club.

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