Magic Johnson’s illustrious career as president of operations has now come to an end. I know what you’re thinking Lakers fans, it’s the end of an era, the end of a dynasty. It was 2 years of absolute mediocrity, not making the playoffs and going from a 35 win season to a 37 win season. Slow and steady wins the race, and at this rate Lakers fans should clear their calendars in about 15 years when the Lakers plans finally come to fruition.
On a much less sarcastic note, Magics departure from the Lakers did come as a surprise to many including the self-proclaimed G.O.A.T, LeBron James. James claimed that Magics step down as president of basketball operations, “shocked” him. It could be for good reason however; Magic spent a ton of time and energy in recruiting LeBron to the Lakers this past off-season. Minutes before the Lakers final game of the season Magic held an impromptu press conference announcing his stepping down as president of basketball operations.
Where does this leave the Lakers franchise after his departure? Truth be told a lot of criticism has been thrown at Magic for not seeing things through and quitting when the going got tough. Either way, Magic has landed one of the planets best players in LeBron James and set things in motion for other superstars to join the team in the near off-season (cough cough Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul). The way I look at it, if you’re not going to give an important executive job your 100% than it maybe best to step down and this is where I believe Magic actually did the Lakers a favor. No beating around the bush, step down and let the franchise start their search for the most qualified and best fitting president to take the reigns. Sometimes 2 things can be true at the same time, and with that, while Magic may have done the right thing in the long run his short term at president of operations shows that perhaps he was in over his head from the start. The road ahead for the Lakers will only get harder, and Magic has magically disappeared from the front office.
Full video of Magics press conference on leaving the Lakers below.