With just one game remaining on the Lakers season, Magic Johnson may have dropped the biggest bombshell their franchise has seen in years. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Laker legend is stepping down from his role as President.
Magic Johnson has stepped down from President of Basketball Ops of the Lakers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 10, 2019
After just two and a half seasons with the team, Magic is calling it quits, after what has allegedly been a half-hearted tenure from the beginning. In a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Johnson never fully committed to his duties.
Since taking over as president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson never fully committed to the job. Often he was traveling and away from the team. His office hours were limited. He didn’t do a lot of scouting. Running an NBA team takes a tremendous commitment of time and energy.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2019
But perhaps even more shocking is that he told the media before he told Laker’s owner Jeanie Buss, who is said to have a good relationship with him. Is this hinting at a rift between the former friends?
I get Magic maybe deciding this wasn’t for him, and that this is going to take longer than he thought. I don’t get him not informing Jeanie Buss before informing the media. That is…stunning.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) April 10, 2019
Either way, it was a shock that absolutely nobody saw coming… at least, not today. April 9th, with one game left to go, nobody has a sense as to why he chose to announce when he did.
For the team, where do they go from here without a President? What will happen to the futures of Rob Pelinka and Luke Walton? These questions are serious ones to face, especially with free agency looking right around the corner.
Now, in order to secure free agents, they will have to seriously scramble to find their leader before its too late.