Magic Johnson’s unexpected departure was the shock of the season for the Lakers and everyone involved. Not only did he announce hours before they tipped off their last game, but he told the world publicly before telling anyone within the organization. The league hasn’t seen anything like it.
But what is the real motive behind the abrupt departure?
In an appearance on Colin Cowherd’s show on Wednesday, Ric Bucher revealed that Magic Johnson quit as the Lakers president of basketball operations after seeing the exchange of emails between team owner Jeanie Buss and General Manager Rob Pelinka criticizing his bad performance.
“My understanding is that there were some emails that were exchanged between Rob and Jeanie…about Magic and about what Magic was and wasn’t doing,” Bucher said. “They were critical emails. And somehow, someway, Jeanie, from what I understand, was CC’ing or blind CC’ing Magic on everything. That was sort of protocol. Standard issue. Somehow, the exchange between Rob and Jeanie ended up on that string of the blind CC’s that were going to Magic.”
It was evidently critique of Magic’s job that caused him to quit. He must have felt betrayed by Jeanie and Pelinka. Though, to be fair, the critique is fair. Besides signing LeBron, there aren’t many things Johnson did right as President of the team. He let go of crucial young players and failed to surround LeBron with the pieces he needed to succeed.
Nonetheless, the Lakers will have to move on without him, thanks to some email trash talk.