Magic Johnson's Lakers Exit Was Embarrassing

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Magic Johnson shocked the National Basketball Association world on Tuesday night, when the former Los Angeles Lakers star abruptly resigned from his position with the iconic franchise.

Johnson made the announcement at an impromptu news conference at Staples Center before the team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, noting that he had not even formally notified team president Jeanie Buss of his decision.

"I want to be free and not have handcuffs on me", Johnson admitted. "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador".

Johnson would rather be on the other side of things, helping mentor players like tennis champion Serena Williams and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons.

"I think that with [Lakers owner Jeanie Buss] and I, I want to always preserve our relationship with her", Johnson said in a press conference, per The Athletic's Bill Oram.

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His resignation came out of the blue; on Monday, Johnson had a three-hour meeting about the team's future after its sixth consecutive losing season, The Associated Press reported.

"I'm good with where I am", a relieved Johnson added. I get it. Because it was hard for me to go do that, to make this decision and come to this conclusion. I'm gonna go back to that handsome life. I don't know where they go from here.

The Lakers paid tribute to Johnson, a Hall of Famer during his playing days with the team, in a brief statement.

James, who joined the LA team in July of a year ago, didn't respond to Johnson's resignation on Tuesday.

Johnson who is a prolific businessman, said he " happier when I wasn't president [of the Lakers]", Johnson said. "And I thought about it and I said, 'That's not fun for me. I want to go back to who I was before taking on this job". "I know she's going to be sick, but I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face, even though I was just with her yesterday". "Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her".