Magic Johnson & the Current State of Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson is quitting as Laker’s president of basketball operations. Are you surprised?

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Leave it to Magic Johnson to overshadow the last games of the historical careers of Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki.

Last week he made headlines when he decided to step down as the President of Basketball Operations a day before the season ended; a fitting end to what turned out to be a mess of a season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I like to be free,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a great life… what am I doing? I’ve got a beautiful life. I’m gonna go back to that beautiful life. I’m looking forward to it.”

Perhaps the most shocking revelation was he did it without telling anyone, namely Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who he is exceptionally close with. “Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick. But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”

It appears the main reasons for leaving are that he wanted to start having fun again, admitting, “I want to be free and not have handcuffs on me.”

Johnson came in with no qualifications for the job yet decided to add on more scrutiny last summer after stating he would step down if he were not able to land elite free agents by this upcoming summer. They got LeBron James (although it’s still up for debate whether he landed James or Hollywood did), but the goal was always two superstars at the minimum. And this summer figured to have plenty of massive fish available, which is why he put it as the deadline.

Regardless, this course of action has landed him more negativity than good because it looks as if he quit, leaving the franchise in a bind.

“I think I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody,” Johnson said in his farewell address. “I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring, and I can’t even tweet it out — I can’t be there. … I was thinking about all those times, all the guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side than on this side. Because tomorrow I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life, and I thought about that and said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’

“I’m good with where I am,” a relieved Johnson acknowledged. “I’m happy. I want to do the things I used to do. I had to weigh both situations, and this is better for me.”

Los Angeles now has a gaping hole to fill with President of Basketball Operations along with head coach now that Luke Walton has also departed. You can read more about this story on CBS Sports.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Magic Johnson is quitting as Laker’s president of basketball operations. Are you surprised?

52% Yes, shocked
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64% Yes, shocked
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86% Yes, shocked

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