Silence, power struggle: Fallout from Magic Johnson's Lakers exit

Elena Summers
April 12, 2019

"I couldn't have even tweeted it out to say, 'Hey, congratulations, man!' If I had done that then everyone would be like, 'Oh, he's tampering!'"

The Lakers, who have been playing without James in the lineup for weeks, lost 104-101 to Portland following Johnson' announcement.

James suffered a groin strain on Christmas Day and the team was unable to recover without him, falling from fourth in the Western Conference to 10th, outside of the playoff places.

Tony Parker said he's "50-50" on whether he will return for a 19th National Basketball Association season after his streak of 17 straight playoff appearances was snapped.

The megastar's first season in Los Angeles has been a mixed bag, after injury kept him out of 18 games - including 17 straight - before eventually ending his campaign prematurely. He didn't exactly offer a ringing endorsement for Pelinka, while saying in reference to Walton, "I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life". James was eventually shut down in late March. Also, he predicts what the next move for the Lakers should be.

Having played a career-low 55 regular season games, his term was ended at the end of March, his final game coming against the Charlotte Hornets on March 29.

When Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss made the decision to shake up the front office by firing her brother, Jim Buss, as well as longtime general manager Mitch Kupchack, she simultaneously elevated Magic Johnson into a role as president of basketball operations. "I have more fun on the other side than on this side".

Buss empowered Johnson to make all decision pertaining to that side of the franchise, while her focus, as it had been, was to remain in business dealings.

"It shocked me, like it did the rest of the world", Ball said. I've got a lovely life. He shot 40.6 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from 3-point range.

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