LeBron James On Magic Johnson's Departure: "It Was Just Weird"

LeBron James St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

Personally, for me, I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization having a conversation with Magic.

Lakers legend Johnson allegedly left because of a power struggle within the organization. 'Hey Bron, it's Magic.

"Between my stretching session, my right hand came to me and said, 'Magic just stepped down, '" James recalled. And you decide to do that right here, right now? "So it was just weird for him to just be like, 'I'm out of here, ' and not even have no, like, 'Hey, Bron, kiss my ass, I'm gone'".

James met with Johnson at the latter's home on July 1 last summer, minutes after the free-agent negotiating period began.

Magic Johnson, the team's legendary point guard and, for a short period of time, president of basketball operations stepped down. 'Nah, I'm out of here, ' " James said on an episode of "The Shop", his HBO show, that aired Saturday night. [The team] is getting ready for a game. At first, James can't believe it, but as soon as everything sunk in, he relayed the news to Lonzo Ball and the rest of his teammates. But Lue impressed the team in interviews with his basketball mind and strategic approach to this Lakers roster, sources close to the process said.




In what still feels like a surreal press conference, Magic effectively resigned in public, before he had a chance to tell owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka, or the face of the franchise, LeBron.

"He explained to me Year One is going to be tough".

James talked about how he was notified by his chief of staff, Randy Mims, and it's pretty clear he wasn't thrilled about how Johnson handled the situation.

James, who missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons, believes injuries played a big part in the Lakers not reaching the postseason for a sixth consecutive season. At Year 16, you aren't really supposed to be worrying about no damn process, especially for me because I'm in championship-mind mode all the time.

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