According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers. I still have confidence that this organization is heading in the right direction and will be heading in the right direction, because they have all the pieces to do so. I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can't even do that. I'm going to go back to that handsome life.
Johnson offered no indication that he was on the brink of leaving the team, sources said.
Until these latest developments, it was widely speculated a forthcoming move from Johnson was the firing of Lakers head coach Luke Walton. Johnson said he did not tell James about his decision to leave before making his announcement, either.
Magic Johnson is free to tweet as he may, but the remaining members of Lakers brass have gone silent. "It's what's best for him". He drafted me, and this is better for his life.
Watching Brooklyn Nets All-Star D'Angelo Russell and New Orleans Pelicans big man Julius Randle have career years in their new surroundings reportedly led to Johnson's lack of faith.
The Lakers have won 16 National Basketball Association championships, second only to the archrival Boston Celtics, but have not made the playoffs since 2013.