Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Magic Johnson's complete interview about stepping down from Lakers

Magic Johnson's complete interview about stepping down from Lakers

After his bombshell announcement immediately resigning as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson spoke with ESPN's Rachel Nichols afterward to explain his decision a bit further.

Walton would have been replaced during the year had Johnson had his way, but Buss was reluctant to make the change until the season had concluded, according to Haynes.

"Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she's going to be sick", Johnson said. It's hard when you love a person like I love Jeanie.

During comments right after coach Luke Walton's pregame remarks, Johnson said he had not yet told team owner Jeanie Buss he planned to step down.

Walton told reporters in his pregame news conference that he was not anxious about his future. The team has not made the playoffs since 2013.

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"I'm happy about the direction, and if the young guys mature the way we feel they can mature, I think that this team will be outstanding".

I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed. "I had more fun on the other side than on this side..."

As the Lakers move towards the future with recently-acquired Lebron James, Johnson said has no regrets about his time with the organization.

Johnson, who announced he was HIV positive in 1991, said that his health is "wonderful" and was not a factor in his decision.

Meanwhile, Johnson has no regrets about his time in charge of the Lakers. A year and a half later, he had landed his top free agent, LeBron James, and promised to bring in many more stars. They opened with a 20-14 record, but James suffered a strained groin on December 25. Jerry Buss. "She gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I always want to preserve our relationship". "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".

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