Magic Johnson abruptly resigned from his post as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations earlier this week for reasons too many to count. Johnson, a huge ambassador of the game, brought prestige with him and the promise of that prestige returning.
At an end-of-season press conference on Wednesday, Lonzo spoke about his experience this season.
While Johnson may have personally known that he was not going to continue with the team next year, many important figures with the franchise, including owner Jeanie Buss and star player LeBron James, were left in the dark.
He also shared his intentions to now shift his focus to the community and help players develop their basketball skills.
Magic replaced co-owner Jim Buss as president of basketball operations in February 2017. It has become a very popular opinion that trading Russell was a bad move.
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But, he added, "While it failed to land successfully, overall it was a path-breaking and innovative project". But Beresheet was not a science mission at heart. "It just takes one little glitch", he said.
When asked by Nichols if he was preparing to let Walton go, Johnson said, "Yeah, I was preparing to make that decision".
"It shocked me like it did the rest of the world". He drafted me, and this is better for his life. "I looked at him like a big brother". "It's what's best for him". "Watching him my whole life, it was everything I thought it would be. This is what he wants to do, and I'm behind him 100 percent".
But if he had remained with the forum blue and gold going forward, Johnson apparently had three familiar names in mind as Walton's potential replacement. But despite seeing a significant increase in wins from the previous four seasons, the Lakers did not even come close to the playoffs in his two years at the helm.