Buss Family 'Sad, Angry, Disappointed' By Magic Johnson's Sudden Resignation

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In a stunning announcement ahead of Tuesday's season finale for the Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson announced he would be stepping down as President of Basketball Operations.

Johnson called an impromptu press conference Tuesday where he announced the news.

When asked by Nichols if he was preparing to let Walton go, Johnson said, "Yeah, I was preparing to make that decision".

"I'm told Kyrie Irving will grant the Lakers an interview this offseason, this summer", Smith said Monday on his radio show. I did not say he's coming to L.A., I did not say that. And I don't want to disappoint her.

The Hall of Famer returned to the Lakers in an executive role in February 2017, replacing Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss in the front office.

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"Tomorrow, I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said, apparently referring to Walton. The team has not made the playoffs since 2013. As it turns out, LeBron James wasn't told, either.

Johnson's decision threw the franchise for a loop and seemingly put a temporary hold on any decision pertaining to Walton.

"I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring [Wednesday], and I can't even tweet that out or be there", Johnson said. The business mogul and Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner sounded relieved while delivering the news, noting that he was going to return to his other interests and wanted to set up the Lakers for what will be a busy summer.

"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said. But Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss' affinity for Walton and Johnson's desire not to cause upheaval between them. Outside of signing LeBron James, the Lakers had difficulty bringing in big name players.

"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.

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