Magic Johnson 'feels betrayed by folks within the Lakers organization' - Stephen A.

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"What am I doing, you know I have a handsome life, so I'm gonna go back to that lovely life". We will continue the journey. The team has not made the playoffs since 2013.

Former Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson.

Ultimately, Magic said he believes he will be happier being "Magic" without the restrictions and pressure of a franchise executive.

We thank him for his work these past two years as our President of Basketball Operations and wish him, Cookie, Andre, EJ and Elisa all the best with their next steps. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family.

Johnson's desire for his old life wasn't the only reason for his departure.

Johnson is an National Basketball Association legend in his own right, having played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons.

Williams has yet to comment on if Johnson will join her camp.

"I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring tomorrow and I can't even tweet about it".

"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said. I don't think his say-so is like his say-so. "I had more fun on the other side than on this side..."

Johnson said he had not informed Buss or Pelinka of his decision before talking to reporters.

"What's tough for fans to understand is there's going to be misery before you can get good", Johnson said.

However, there were some other issues which were frustrating Johnson. Many in the media are concerned that playing with LeBron James could be seen as a negative, given the constant spotlight surrounding him. They opened with a 20-14 record, but James suffered a strained groin on December 25.

This season didn't go as planned for the Lakers, though.

- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)Magic Johnson says he likes to be free to congratulate players such as Russell Westbrook when he hit the 20-20-20 mark. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record.

Johnson called an impromptu press conference Tuesday where he announced the news.

A trust with James and "Griff" already exists, but Jeanie Buss will likely have most of the league's decision-makers eager to make an impression to make their own imprint on the L.A. market. I think that, um, she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do.

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