Magic Johnson shockingly quits as Lakers president before telling team owner


The Los Angeles Lakers' 2018-19 season was a disaster, but it didn't end without one more dramatic episode.

Magic Johnson surprised the basketball world Tuesday night by announcing he was stepping down as the Lakers' president of basketball operations. He even announced the decision to the media before telling team owner Jeanie Buss.

Buss tweeted her love for Johnson late Tuesday:

The Lakers missed the playoffs this season despite signing LeBron James as a free agent last summer. Injuries to key players, including James, played a huge part in Los Angeles failing to meet expectations. And, of course, the failed pursuit of an Anthony Davis trade probably was the low point in the Lakers' campaign.

Does Davis really want to join what looks like a total mess? ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski painted a picture of a franchise in disarray with the following tweet:

The Lakers had a 79-108 record during Johnson's time as team president, and that represents the fifth-worst win percentage (.422) in the Western Conference over that span. L.A. has missed the playoffs in six consecutive seasons, by far the longest such streak in team history.

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