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.
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He later told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he didn't tell Buss first because he was afraid she would have talked him out of it. Magic Johnson's time as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end.
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After Smith-Schuster played in all 16 games past year , with 111 catches for 1,426 yards he cemented himself as a fan favorite. Smith-Schuster replied: " Keep your emotions off the internet ", followed by a series of tweets referencing Brown.
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.
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".