Hall of Fame Basketball Player Ervin Magic Johnson shocked the sports world once again when he walked to a microphone on Tuesday April 9th and resigned as President of the Lakers.
Majic said he wanted to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player . He took over just two years ago.
Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season.
The Lakers are missing the NBA playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James. The team played well after Johnson’s announcement, but still lost 104-101 to Portland.
MAJIC JOHNSON: “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.”
Jeanie Buss didn’t attend the Lakers’ season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.
JEANIE BUSS: “Earvin, I loved working side by side with you.” “You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you.”