Magic Johnson and Luke Walton Did Not Speak for 'Weeks'

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

"I was happier when I wasn't the president", said Johnson, who mentioned he had not informed owner Jeanie Buss of his decision. Now they say he had some bad, I don't know about that. "I had more fun on the other side".

Johnson's decision threw the franchise for a loop and seemingly put a temporary hold on any decision pertaining to Walton.

The Lakers finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 37-45 record, keeping them out of the playoffs for a sixth year in a row. Combining that with the uncertainty in the front office could mean that the Lakers miss out again. Outside of signing LeBron James, the Lakers had difficulty bringing in big name players. I don't want - we love Luke.


Johnson's sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five National Basketball Association titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.

If it can pull off even one of those moves, the Lakers will be much better positioned to contend next season. They are also expected to actively pursue a summer free agency class that includes Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler, but Johnson's departure represents an ominous start to those recruiting efforts.

Now, with Johnson out, Walton - who has one guaranteed year remaining on his contract and a team option for the 2020-21 season - will still likely be fired, but when that will happen is now anyone's guess. He said both were decisions for Buss.


With Magic not really giving General Manager Rob Pelinka a vote of confidence, it remains to be seen if the Lakers will be able to attract a superstar this offseason.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.


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