‘I didn’t like the backstabbing’: Magic Johnson abruptly quits LA Lakers

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Stephen A. Smith, Adrian Wojnarowski, and other ESPN personalities give their take on Magic Johnson's surprise resignation from the Lakers front office.

On Wednesday, TMZ caught up with Cookie, 60, as she was leaving a restaurant with the couple's son, EJ Johnson.

Chris Broussard joins Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to discuss Magic Johnson stepping down as the president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. But the 2018-2019 season was full of drama and dysfunction for the Lakers.

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When it comes to James, the Lakers' star had no idea that Johnson was planning on stepping down, reported ESPN. But perhaps the most interesting thing is who is right behind him in the odds: Kobe Bryant +200. Johnson saying himself that he was not enjoying his life in this role and wanted to go back to being an ambassador of the game. He's not only a great basketball player but a great person.

"I think that with (Jeanie) and I, I want to always preserve my relationship with her", Johnson said. You know, I have a handsome life.

"So 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", he continued. "I have more fun on the other side than on this side".

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Per ESPN senior writer Ramona Shelburne, LeBron is reportedly standing with team owner Jeanie Buss.

Until these latest developments, it was widely speculated a forthcoming move from Johnson was the firing of Lakers head coach Luke Walton. But despite seeing a significant increase in wins from the previous four seasons, the Lakers did not even come close to the playoffs in his two years at the helm. "I'm not disappointed in anything we did", he said. "I like to be free", he added. "This is a good day".

It remains to be seen what Lonzo's future with the Lakers will hold. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record.

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