Blindsided LeBron on Magic's exit: 'Why do it here? Why now?'

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Magic Johnson's shock resignation from the Los Angeles Lakers caught everyone by surprise, including Lakers star LeBron James.

In what still feels like a surreal press conference, Magic effectively resigned in public, before he had a chance to tell owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, or the face of the franchise, LeBron. He had no clue something out of the ordinary was about to happen. "And not even have [a heads-up] like: 'Hey, Bron. kiss my a-".

Johnson was the only Lakers representative who met with James at his Los Angeles home July 1 before James made a decision to join the Lakers. "And not even have no like, 'Hey, Bron. kiss my ass".

"Personally for me, I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic (last summer) and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we were going to make this "Showtime" again, and I wanted to be part of that process", James said. "We were like, 'Damn, like right now?' It was literally 70 minutes on the clock before (the tip-off)". I'm not playing but my team is still playing.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits to enter the game during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. At first, James can't believe it, but as soon as everything sunk in, he relayed the news to Lonzo Ball and the rest of his teammates. It came at the heels of a disappointing regular season performance from the squad when an injury resulted in James' absence.

The Los Angeles Lakers are proceeding toward an offer to Ty Lue in the coming days and have no plans to introduce new candidates into their head-coaching search, league sources told ESPN. Still, no one expected what would go down on April 9. At Year 16, you ain't really supposed to be worrying about no damn process, especially for me because I'm in championship mode all the time.

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