‘I didn’t like the backstabbing’: Magic Johnson abruptly quits LA Lakers

Magic Johnson cites Westbrook as he shockingly resigns from the Lakers

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss recently gave Magic Johnson permission to fire coach Luke Walton at the conclusion of this season after being informed of Walton's unwillingness to "bulk up" his coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Thompson views Myers as a fit for the Lakers because of his ability to manage talent and drama.

Magic Johnson shocked the basketball world on Tuesday when he announced his decision to step down as Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations after just two seasons.

ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith spoke against the story yesterday, "Let me tell you what's going on here".

Johnson pointed out that he was forced to sacrifice a lot in the title and was exhausted of being punished by the NBA for speaking to other teams' players or commenting on basketball matters on social media. Johnson and the Lakers have received several tampering fines from the National Basketball Association for commenting on various players around the league.

James credited Johnson with closing the deal that sent him to the Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Under Pelinka's stewardship as general manager this season, the Lakers wasted LeBron James' first season in Los Angeles (and possibly the last season of his prime) by surrounding James with ball-handlers rather than the type of shooters he was accustomed to winning with.

According to Fox's Ric Bucher, the Lakers may be stuck with James.

"The fines and the tampering and the this and the that, I can't help young men who want me to help them, or I can't tweet out".

"[Jeanie] doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. This is the problem, is that you're not going to get enough back to say we can launch ourselves in another direction.

The one team Bucher floated as a legitimate potential trade partner with the Lakers for James is the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks finished the regular season with the best record in the National Basketball Association (60-22) and will face the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs.

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