Magic Johnson
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Magic Johnson is unexpectedly stepping down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers, but somehow brought the New York Knicks into the story.

Danny Small

How in the world did Magic Johnson manage to bring the New York Knicks into his current drama with the Los Angeles Lakers?

Knicks fans could take pleasure in the misery of Lakers fans. Johnson staged an impromptu press conference to announce he was stepping down. In fact, he didn’t even tell Lakers owner Jeanie Buss of his decision because he was too afraid to face her.

Magic was a complete disaster as an executive. He focused on acquiring marquee superstars and landed LeBron James, but failed to surround him with shooters. In the meantime, he traded away D’Angelo Russell, let Julius Randle walk, and even traded Ivica Zubac for peanuts.

What an absolute dumpster fire in Los Angeles. This is the kind of thing that Knicks fans are all too familiar with. Fortunately, Knicks fans could take pleasure watching another fan base suffer. But of course, life isn’t that simple.

New York Knicks

While Magic was stepping down from his position as team president of the Lakers, he mentioned that Steve Mills once reached out to him about leading the Knicks. Of course, Mills is the current team president and a Knicks lifer.

Magic is framing this as if he was offered a job by Mills. That seems unlikely. If anything, Mills may have included Magic on an early list of people he was considering, but that’s likely the extent of it.

How should Knicks fans feel about this? Concerned and annoyed are two words that come to mind, but most of all, Knicks fans should be relieved. Magic Johnson is not running the Knicks anytime soon.


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