Magic Johnson announced Tuesday he is stepping down from his role as the Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, per Bill Oramof The Athletic.
“I think that with [team owner Jeanie Buss] 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 be the big brother and ambassador.”
“(Jeanie) doesn’t know I’m standing here,” he said of Buss,”Somebody’s going to have to tell my boss because I knew I couldn’t be face-to-face and tell her,” he said, I couldn’t stand to tell her.”
The Hall of Famer returned to the Lakers in an executive role in February 2017, replacing Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss in the front office.
However, there have been questions about his commitment to the role in the past two years:Johnson’s departure could cause a ripple effect throughout the organization:Los Angeles will now have to decide upon a new direction before an important offseason