Magic Johnson resigned as Los Angeles Lakers president on Tuesday in a shocking move.
Johnson made the announcement during an impromptu press conference on Tuesday. As he made the announcement, he revealed he had not yet told Lakers owner Jeannie Buss, saying he couldn’t bear to face her.
In the aftermath of Johnson’s announcement, it’s becoming clear that nobody had any idea that Johnson was going to step down.
According to Yahoo’s Chris Mannix, Johnson met with Buss on Monday for nearly three hours and did not reveal he planned on leaving.
Johnson mingled around media and Staples Center staffers for nearly two hours after his press conference. Johnson said he hadn’t yet contacted Buss and that he planned to see her either Tuesday night or on Wednesday but would recall her regardless. Johnson ultimately didn’t seem entirely concerned, and said when he meets with Buss face to face, she would understand stepping down is the right move for him.
Buss tweeted later Tuesday that night she loved working with Johnson.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that Buss was “stunned” to hear of Johnson’s resignation and that many members of th