Magic Johnson Calls Out Member Of Lakers For Being A Backstabber

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Magic Johnson explains abrupt Lakers departure, accuses GM Rob Pelinka of ‘backstabbing’

"The straw that broke the camel's back was I wanted to fire Luke Walton", Johnson said on "First Take". "I showed her [Lakers" owner Jeanie Buss] the things he did well and the things he didn't do well. Now, I got Tim involved.

Frank Vogel's goal to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday. What we offer, let's keep it between us, ' " Johnson said on ESPN's "First Take," part of Johnson's wide-ranging blowtorch after his resignation.

Had Johnson remained with the Lakers, he said that would have been his approach ahead of July 1 due to "speculation" that Durant will be heading to NY. I said, 'It's time for me to go'.

"It's more than just on the court, it's also how to be a professional and also how to take your game to the next level", Johnson said.

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"When we sat down and negotiated, I told her, "Look, I can't give up all of my businesses".

"Because this is what happened, I told him in Year 2 'I'm only going to be here three years".

"She said "I'm going to put you with Rob Pelinka" because I didn't know Rob". He guarantees LeBron will win a championship with the team before it's all said and done.

"I think the most important thing for me is the two years of getting to work side-by-side with (Magic Johnson) are some of the greatest memories I have in sports and work". I have talked to him several times since he made a decision to step away.

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After Johnson's departure, the Lakers announced they would not fill the position that Johnson left. Maybe there were too many people with Jeanie Buss's ear, but Johnson never really said he wasn't allowed to make basketball-related decisions, just that it had become increasingly hard to do so. She said 'you have the power to make the decisions'.

Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' latest coach was nearly overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. But that hasn't stopped him from making a few bold predictions.

The circumstances surrounding his free agency, in addition to the allure of the Los Angeles lifestyle, the size and power of the Los Angeles market, the historical relevancy of the Lakers franchise and the significance it holds to Kobe Bryant, Irving's mentor, should make Los Angeles a real option for Irving. Walton was hired as head coach of the Kings a couple days later.

"I've got things happening being said behind my back".

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