Johnson is an National Basketball Association legend in his own right, having played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. "And Rondo, I'm not going to play him Tuesday night either unless we're in foul trouble, ejections, those type of things", Walton said following the win over the Jazz.
"Somebody's gonna have to tell my boss", Johnson said. "As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization".
Jeanie Buss has plenty of decisions to make this summer, including what to do with Pelinka and head coach Luke Walton. "I've got a great life outside of this, what am I doing?" "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job". That's not who I am.
Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach.
"But it's the right thing to do, the right move to make", Johnson said, adding that he had also grown exhausted of "the back-stabbing and the whispering" that had dogged the Lakers' season. We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise - as a player, an ambassador and an executive.
Johnson admitted that he didn't want Pelinka to talk him out of it so instead he told reporters first to cement his decision.
Buss responded on Twitter by saying she "loved" working with Johnson, while the Lakers released a statement to thank the number one overall pick of the 1979 draft. "That's not fun for me, that's not who I am". "The ambassador to everybody", said Johnson, adding that he had "more fun on the other side then on this side".
It turns out Johnson prefers his life before he took the role, and wants to have more freedom.
Johnson said he's had enough of the tampering charges.