LeBron was stunned by Magic leaving Lakers

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It was last month that Johnson announced his resignation from his post as president of basketball operations for the Lakers, a position he held since February 2017. He had no clue something out of the ordinary was about to happen.

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James, who recounted the story on "The Shop", said his business partner Randy Mims broke the news to him. "You bulls--", James said of his initial reaction. "Kiss my ass; I'm gone.' It wasn't even that". In a meeting near the end of the Lakers' disappointing season with LeBron and his agent, Rich Paul, Johnson and Pelinka, there was no indication that Johnson was thinking of stepping down, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Some reports have surfaced that he was accidentally CC'd on some disparaging emails, leading to his decision to depart and go back to being just a multi-millionaire businessman. "Personally for me, I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having the conversation with Magic". In an episode recorded on April 11, but released on Saturday, teammate Lonzo Ball joined James and the departure of Johnson was a natural topic of discussion. Apparently, Johnson didn't tell James ahead of time either. We was like, 'Damn. 'Hey 'Bron, it's Magic. I'm not playing but my team is still playing. "Right now. I feel like there's a time and place for things, and I believe you knew you were going to make that decision, so why would you do that here?" They reached the National Basketball Association finals the next two years, but lost to the Warriors both times, before James took off for Los Angeles. "He explained to me Year 1 is going to be tough".

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Just a few days later, head coach Luke Walton and the Lakers "mutually agreed" to part ways, adding to what is already a big summer for the franchise who missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. At year 16, you aren't really supposed to be anxious about no damn process.

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