Magic Johnson: Serena Williams phone call blamed for surprise Lakers exit

Elena Summers
April 11, 2019

Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California.

Magic Johnson is conducting an impromptu press conference and just stepped down as Lakers president.

According to Shelburne, Walton's working relationship with Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka has not been close, and the two sides have reportedly not had a meaningful conversation in several weeks. We're halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). A day thought to be reserved for Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki's final home games was tipped on its head when Johnson held an impromptu press conference at Staples Center and talked to the media for almost an hour.

Magic Johnson's time as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end. "And that's when Jeanie Buss got her back up".


"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said. "I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and an ambassador to everybody". "But I knew I couldn't face her face-to-face and tell her".

"(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said. "I like to be free". Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, yeah, I want to do that.

Regardless of how incompetent he was or wasn't, Johnson leaving the team in the manner he did is a bad look for the franchise and isn't going to help James recruit top free agents to join him in L.A, this summer. He said he was exhausted of the "backstabbing and the whispering" but never explained exactly what he meant.

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