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Magic Johnson quit on the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, which could mean a lot of things for the iconic National Basketball Association franchise, though the biggest immediate one might be the future of head coach Luke Walton.

"I was happier when I wasn't the president", said Johnson, who mentioned he had not informed owner Jeanie Buss of his decision.

Los Angeles was widely expected to move on from coach Luke Walton this offseason and he believed he'd be fired after the game against the Trail Blazers, according to ESPN.

"That was a great feat the other day, and I couldn't even tweet it out and say, "Hey, congratulations man, '" Magic said at the press conference". You know, and so, when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look the bad guy out of that situation. Johnson told reporters that he was stepping down before informing Jeanie Buss, the controlling owner of the team.

Walton told reporters in his pregame news conference that he was not anxious about his future.

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"I'm a free bird, and I can't be handcuffed", he said. "And I think I had more fun when I was able to the be big brother and ambassador", Johnson told The Athletic's Bill Oram. He signed LeBron James in free agency, but he was unable to surround him with other stars.

Johnson attributed his decision to several factors.

But after James strained his groin at Christmas and subsequently sat out for the longest injury absence of his 16-year National Basketball Association career, the Lakers were unable to compile enough midseason wins to stay in playoff contention.

"It's a hard decision", Johnson said, as he began to cry. He was drafted by the Lakers with the 32nd pick in the 2003 and played in Los Angeles for over eight seasons, winning two championships. He said both were decisions for Buss. I think that, um, she gave me full power to do what I wanted to do.

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