Magic Johnson Throws Rob Pelinka Under The Bus During Lakers Exit

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In a surprising move, Magic Johnson quit his job as President of Basketball Operations with the Los Angeles Lakers without advanced notice on Tuesday. "It's been fine. I haven't had any problems with Luke", Johnson said.

"Today, I'm gonna step down as the president", Johnson told reporters at an impromptu press conference.

"My concern is over my relationship with my sister, Jeanie Buss". He said he hadn't told his boss yet because he knew he would cry "like a baby". I think that she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I want to always preserve our relationship and love her.

Buss didn't attend the Lakers' season finale, although Johnson waited by the executive parking area at Staples Center in hopes of seeing her. Buss tweeted her reaction at halftime.

Johnson, 59, replaced Jim Buss as president of basketball operations on February 21, 2017. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James. The Lakers are 4th in the Pacific Division. "I don't wanna.[team owner Jeanie Buss] and I have such [an] awesome relationship".

"We [the Lakers] are halfway there with LeBron coming". Fitting, since nobody associated with the Lakers (except perhaps Alex Caruso) has been having much fun since the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention in late March following embarrassing losses to the Suns and Anthony Davis-less Pelicans. "He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family".

"Damn, I got a great life outside of this", he explained. When Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation but I didn't do anything wrong, I was thinking about all of those times, all the guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives and I can't even do that.

In speaking to reporters, Johnson said he was exhausted of the many things plaguing the team ranging from injuries, to internal politics to even betrayals. Johnson said. "I'm going to go back to that handsome life and I'm looking forward to it".

"I'm a free bird and I've been handcuffed and I don't like that", the 59-year-old said during a press conference on Tuesday.

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