No More Magic: Johnson Steps Down as Laker's President of Basketball Ops!

Magic Johnson isn't having fun anymore.

"Today, I'm going to step down as president," the former NBA superstar told a gaggle of reporters on Tuesday night, about an hour and a half before the Los Angeles Lakers played their last game of the season. "I was happier when I wasn't the president."

Johnson has served as the team's president of basketball operations for over two years – the latest move in a long and successful career as a businessman and philanthropist after he retired from basketball in 1991 when he tested positive for HIV .

His resignation came out of the blue; on Monday, Johnson had a three-hour meeting about the team's future after its sixth consecutive losing season, The Associated Press reported.

Reporters and basketball fans weren't the only ones to find out about his resignation late in the game.

"Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss," Johnson told reporters.

His boss is Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, who hired Johnson just over two years ago after she dismissed her brother Jim, who was vice president of basketball operations, and General Manager Mitch Kupchak in an effort to change things up after multiple losing seasons.

cc: npr.org

Mani Millss

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