Magic Johnson Resigns From The Lakers

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Magic Johnson Resigns From The Lakers

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On April 9, 2019, Magic Johnson surprised everyone with his resignation. The reporters and players were left appalled.

About 90 minutes before Los Angeles Lakers played Portland Trail Blazers, Johnson announced that he will be stepping down from team President. He explained that he wanted his life to go back to how it was before taking over the team two years ago. Johnson also mentioned he was tired of the NBA fining him for tampering.

The first time the Lakers were fined for tampering was in August of 2018 for $500,000. An investigation came up with evidence showing Rob Pelinka, the team’s general manager, and Paul George’s agent. Late June of 2018, the L.A. Lakers  were charged again, although only some $50,000.

Magic Johnson made a comment during an ESPN interview about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He praised the Bucks player for his abilities, and understanding of the game.

“”Oh yeah. With his ball-handling skills and his passing ability. He plays above the rim; I never could do that. But in his understanding of the game, his basketball IQ, his creativity of shots for his teammates … that’s where we [have the] same thing. Can bring it down, make a pass, make a play.

“I’m just happy he’s starting in the All-Star Game because he deserves that. And he’s going to be like an MVP, a champion. This dude, he’s going to put Milwaukee on the map. And I think he’s going to bring them a championship one day.”” said Magic Johnson according to ESPN.com.

Before talking to the press, he had not mentioned anything about resigning to his team members and staff. In fact, future coach Luke Walton, was said to be especially surprised since he was expected to be fired by Magic Johnson.

Magic Johnson explained his reasoning for telling reporters and fans before his boss. “”Have you really not told Jeanie yet?” a reporter asked. “No, I haven’t. I couldn’t,” he answered. “She doesn’t know I’m standing here because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her,”” according to National Public Radio. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss,  was like a sister to Johnson. He just could not face her.

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