Lakers News: Magic Johnson Discusses How He Handled LeBron James, LA Exit

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Former NBA player Magic Johnson reacts as he talks with Eastern Conference LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) during the first half of the NBA All-Star basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson said he isn’t totally content with the nature of his departure as the team’s president of basketball operations in April, but he believes it was the right decision to leave.

Johnson told Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times in an interview released Wednesday he should have planned his exit more carefully rather than resigning during an impromptu press conference.

“No regrets, I’m not a regretful guy,” he said. “The only thing I would have done different would be to sit down with Jeanie [Buss] and let her know I was leaving, sit down with LeBron [James] and let him know … otherwise, I wouldn’t have changed anything. I still would have walked away.”

Johnson confirmed he’s made amends with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka: “Things happened, forgive and forget. I’ve moved past that, so did Rob. Rob and I made up, we’re good, we still talk.”

He also wants to speak with Bu

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