Listen: Magic Johnson, Luke Walton And Lakers discussed on First and Last with Lundberg and Golic, Jr.
"There was so much discussion about what would be happening with Luke Walton in L A wasn't Magic Johnson's higher. So what would magic do? Turns out magic quit in ounce that he's stepping down coming shortly before the Lakers lost their final home game three point loss to the trailblazers in L A magic knowledge in Tuesday's. He spoke with reporters telling them that he's stepping down his best president of basketball operations that Jeanie Buss does have an affinity for Luke Walton and Jeannie bus and magic have also been like brother sister for much of their adult lives, but certainly make tough for magic to let Luke Walton go after the Lakers loss. Luke Walton spoke wanna put out there. We're not we're not gonna talk about the magic message from earlier I found out the same time you guys did. And we've been here to to play and compete for a game. So I'm in here to talk to you guys about our guys the game tonight a little bit about the season. But I hope you respect the fact we're not gonna go into into the magic comments from earlier magic. Stepping down as president of basketball without telling anybody in the organization didn't form Jeanie Buss didn't tell rob Palanca the general manager. Here's Stephen Smith stunned at the timing stunned at the timing because the the last game of the regular season. It's before the Lakers played their home game. Which means that you suspect that they was going to be if not LeBron James himself, but a whether genie bus somebody else that may have been in the facility at that particular moment of time. The heat was definitely going to be aimed in their direction because Magic Johnson quit. And Magic Johnson is not a quitter. So why would all of a sudden he elect to do this? Remember, he made that statement prior to last summer and acquiring LeBron James in other words, what he was saying if I can't get a marquee talent here, then obviously not I'm not doing my job and I'll step away. Nobody will have to push me away. Well, if you will quiet LeBron James universally recognized as the best player in the game. Leased before his injury. Why would all of a sudden you decide to walk away unless you believe that you couldn't get him any help you couldn't high the coach that you wanted to hire. You couldn't get rid of the GM. You may have wanted to get rid of. We don't know. I do know this. You didn't only hear about Magic Johnson wanting to get rid of Luke Walton and this coaching staff by ten AM tomorrow morning, by the way, but you also heard that he'd probably wanted to get rid of rob linka general manager. Now, I spoke to Jeanie Buss, rob Pelinka, they categorically and infallibly denied any such thing. What so ever, but what they're going to have to deal with is that circulating around NBA circles and has been circulating for the last couple of weeks is that Magic Johnson didn't only just want to go in a different direction pertain to the coach he wanted to do. So with the GM we gotta pay attention to what's going on. And see what the fallout is Jeanie Buss did not seem to be offended that she was not told person by magic that. It was his press. Kinda hits me wrong. How do you feel about not not going to the office? Tell the boss done. I think that I don't believe Magic Johnson. And I'm not calling. I'm not wanna call them a liar that would be the rogatory disrespectful towards him. But I do believe in this particular case pertaining GD bus. There was an elevated level of frustration. And that is why he did not communicate face to face genie. I don't believe because he loves us so much as she's like a sister to him. That's why he did it tell that you till reason why you prioritize telling somebody to their face as opposed to having a press conference. So that's just my personal belief in also speaks to the gives credence to the level of frustration. That has been circulating as it pertains to Magic Johnson what he was feeling about the coach and the GM we're going to know more tomorrow and the day after because of Luke Walton still keeps his job, then we're going to know there was some disagreement here because I'm here to tell you gone gone. It's given tell you what I know they were done. All right. Then you've got rob Pelinka. And it depends on who you believe. Magic Johnson Ben in his role with the Lakers February of twenty seventeen. Magic genie had a three hour meeting. Monday about what direction the sixteen time NBA champions should be headed since haven't made the postseason since twenty thirteen. Sportscenter allnight, ESPN radio to baseball and the Mariners keep swinging Judas with a side. Here's."