Walton didn't make comments about Johnson's resignation following the Lakers' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on Tuesday. Jerry Buss. "She gave me full power to do what I wanted to do, but I think that with her and I, I always want to preserve our relationship". "I had more fun when I was able to be the big brother and the ambassador to everybody", he told reporters, and said at one point, "I got a great life". I did not say he's coming to L.A., I did not say that. "If he was losing that fire and losing some of that fuel that makes him go and to be who he is then its a disservice to the Lakers for him to stay there and be in that space".
Johnson took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to thank Buss, Pelinka, coach Luke Walton and the rest of the Lakers franchise.
It seems more than plausible the Lakers enter next season with essentially the same core they have right now, a group that will have a lot of issues, both emotional and functional, to work through before even making the playoffs would be realistic.More news: US attorney general ready to release Mueller report 'within a week'
"Tomorrow, I would have to affect somebody's livelihood and their life", Johnson said, apparently referring to Walton. The Lakers franchise is now "paralyzed" by the news, a team source told Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin.
Last night, Johnson shocked the sports world by announcing his decision to the masses.
"No anxiety. But call me later tonight and the answer might be different", Walton said. 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. A year and a half later, he had landed his top free agent, LeBron James, and promised to bring in many more stars.More news: Hopes of Brexit delay pinned on key talks
According to some, 59-year-old Johnson, who has a multitude of other business interests, was never fully committed to his executive role with the Lakers.
Killa Cam went to Instagram last night with a hilarious clip of ESPN analyst and personality Stephen A. Smith's initial thoughts on Johnson's shocking decision.
"She doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said.More news: Notre Dame’s repeat bid falls short on Ogunbowale’s miss