On Tuesday, Magic Johnson announced he's stepping down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers. He broke the news in a press conference just ahead of his team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
It turns out Johnson prefers his life before he took the role, and wants to have more freedom.
"I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and ambassador to everybody," he said.
Magic Johnson shocks - well, everyone - and announces he’s stepping down as president of the Lakers. Says he’s not yet spoken to Jeanie Buss to tell her. Says he’s sick of tampering rules, he’s tired of the “backstabbing” & says he didn’t want to disappoint Jeanie by firing Luke. pic.twitter.com/m50VKQmmDR— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 10, 2019
With his newfound freedom, he'll get be involved in other roles, including as Serena Williams' mentor.
"Serena Williams called me a week ago and said will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?" Johnson said. "And I said yeah I'm going to do that."
He joined the team in 2017, and though the Lakers didn't make the playoffs this season, they did sign LeBron James.
Johnson's news came as the biggest shock to team owner Jeanie Buss, who he didn't inform ahead of the press conference.
"I like to be free. I've got a great life outside of this, what am I doing?" Johnson said. "I'm going to go back to that beautiful life and I'm looking forward to it... Somebody is going to have to tell my boss."