Earlier this year, Magic Johnson stepped down from his position as the president of the Los Angeles Lakers. Now he is finally providing the world with an explanation to why he resigned. During an interview with ESPN’s “First Take” he talked about his tenure as an executive for the NBA team, divulging details about what happened behind closed doors. He specifically talked about his relationship with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who he said betrayed him.
“So I started getting calls from my friends outside of basketball, saying those things now were said to them, outside of basketball now, just not in the Lakers office anymore,” Johnson continued. “If you are going to talk betrayal, it's only with Rob.”
Things really heated up when he wasn’t allowed to fire Luke Walton , and hire his own Head Coach. He said his decision was thwarted by Lakers COO Tim Harris. Thats when he noticed he wasn’t in full control of Basketball operations to make final decisions.
“The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton,” Johnson said. “I got things happening that were being said behind my back. I don't have the power I thought I had to make decisions. And I told them, when it is not fun for me, when I think I don't have the decision-making power I thought I had, I got to step aside.”