What Does Magic Johnson’s Resignation Mean for LeBron James’s Future With the Lakers?

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Magic Johnson’s shocking resignation Tuesday—which, as it happened, apparently surprised reporters and members of the organization alike—is only the latest twist in the strange saga of the Lakers’ season. What started in excitement is now ending in confusion. The team is headed for the lottery. LeBron James is showing signs of aging. And now the franchise is stumbling toward its most critical offseason of the decade with questions about who will be running the show. All of this begs the question: What does this mean for LeBron’s championship chances in Hollywood?

It can’t be understated how important this summer is for the Lakers. LeBron preached patience when the ink dried on his contract last July. That hardly lasted a full year, with James openly clamoring for better teammates a few months into the season, undoubtedly playing a role in trying to engineer a trade for Anthony Davis. Johnson was in charge of those negotiations, and he appeared prepared to offer the whole damn roster to acquire AD. It’s obvious that James wants a championship-caliber roster, and this summer could be L.A.’s chance to build such a team. Johnson was supposed to be the point person in those meetings, the larger-than-life figure who could close deals wi

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