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Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Addressed Magic Johnson’s Abrupt Departure On Twitter

Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss Addressed Magic Johnson’s Abrupt Departure On Twitter

He said he was exhausted of not being able to talk to players on other teams and mentor them without the specter of tampering.

"I want to go back to having fun", Johnson told reporters before fighting off tears. Los Angeles has now missed the playoffs for six straight seasons. "I don't want to disappoint her".

Johnson said he wanted to be available to players who seek his mentorship, something he could not do in his position with Los Angeles. He said part of the reason he made the decision was to maintain his relationship with Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. Now they say he had some bad, I don't know about that. He was drafted by the Lakers with the 32nd pick in the 2003 and played in Los Angeles for over eight seasons, winning two championships.

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

Under Johnson's leadership, the Lakers got rid of young players D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, both of whom put together career years with the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Pelicans this season, respectively. "I cried before I came here", said Johnson. A lot of my agent friends had called, but Jeanie has to make all the calls, that's not calls for me to make. I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring tomorrow and I can't even tweet it out or be there.

U.S. Secret Service director Randolph Alles leaving position
The Secret Service does not determine who is invited or welcome at Mar-a-Lago; this is the responsibility of the host entity. She was stopped only after telling a reception desk attendant she was at the club to attend a nonexistent function.

The Lakers, have won 16 National Basketball Association championships, second only to the archrival Boston Celtics, but have not made the playoffs since 2013.

According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers.

The press conference by Johnson lasted well over 40 minutes.

What will be interesting to see next is what happens to Rob Pelinka as the general manager.


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