Magic Johnson shockingly steps down as Lakers president

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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. When asked about what her husband plans to do next, Cookie stayed mum. "This is what he wants to do, and I'm behind him 100 percent". But perhaps the most interesting thing is who is right behind him in the odds: Kobe Bryant +200. Though he is a Bay Area native, he went to college at UCLA and played basketball for the Bruins. 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. "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!'" "I looked at him like a big brother". "I like to be free", he added. "I have more fun on the other side than on this side".

"In fairness to Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka, when I was told - I was told - that Magic Johnson walked into there and talked with Jeanie about wanting to get rid of not just Luke Walton, but Rob Pelinka as well, that's when Jeanie Buss got her backup".


He also shared his intentions to now shift his focus to the community and help players develop their basketball skills.

"I was happier when I wasn't president ..."


Sources told USA Today Sports that James had no idea Johnson was leaving the team while ESPN reported that the NBA All-Star was "completely caught off guard" by the announcement.

Now, with Johnson out, Walton - who has one guaranteed year remaining on his contract and a team option for the 2020-21 season - will still likely be fired, but when that will happen is now anyone's guess. The second-year forward, the Magic's first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2017, is averaging 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds this season.


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