Magic Johnson is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers

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Magic Johnson shockingly stepped down from his post as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night.

The California franchise have also often come under fire from other National Basketball Association sides for alleged player tampering. "I couldn't face her to tell her".

"I hope someday I can quit a job that pays me millions 'because it wasn't fun anymore, '" one fan tweeted, while another joked, "magic johnson was the lakers president when this inning started".

The legendary former player said he plans to go back to community work, where he can help players more with their development.

Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka during his tenure as Lakers president, but it took an adjustment period for the two to get to know each other.

Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago.

Johnson was in the position for just over two years and, while he helped land LeBron James, it's hard to say he's leaving the organization better off than he found it. Rumors about head coach Luke Walton's future have been swirling for weeks, putting him on the same uncertain footing as numerous young players who found themselves in trade rumors as part of reported packages for Davis.

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"I hope that after tomorrow, the Lakers can head in the right direction, which we are", Johnson said.

This certainly was not the season L.A. fans imagined when LeBron James chose to sign with the Lakers in the offseason.

Johnson scored the biggest free agent coup of this past offseason when superstar LeBron James signed with the Lakers as a free agent.

Since making his National Basketball Association debut in 1979, Johnson has been affiliated with the Lakers as a player, coach and minority owner, in addition to his run as president.

The Lakers finish the 2018-19 campaign with a 37-45 record, keeping them out of the playoffs for a sixth year in a row.

However, there were some other issues which were frustrating Johnson.

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